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Amazon launches home COVID-19 test kits, assures consumers of product safety

*The e-commerce giant is assuring consumers that the product is simple and safe, saying the labs that were used to process over 750,000 of its frontline employees are the same ones it will use for the home versions

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In order to enhance the frequency of testing for the damaging disease, Amazon, a leading e-commerce company, has announced the release of its home test kit for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It was learnt that in making the announcement, the company basically said “why not?” It feels that the billions it invested to ensure that its own frontline employees had access to free, regular testing is perfect for everyone.

Cem Sibay, Amazon Vice-President at the helm of the company’s COVID-19 testing work, said:  “Even as COVID-19 vaccinations continue, widespread access to reliable and affordable COVID-19 testing remains a critical tool in the fight against the spread of the virus.

“The Amazon collection kit offers customers the convenience they’ve come to expect from by providing access to COVID-19 testing whenever and wherever they need it.

“The test collection kit provides highly accurate and timely results, helping customers feel more confident as they safely return to travel, work, college, and daily life.”

In regard to the assurances consumers get for purchasing and using the new product, Amazon says the labs that were used to process over 750,000 of its frontline employees are the same ones it will use for the home versions.

If there were mistakes made in the process, the company says it learned from them and that consumers can feel comfortable that the kits are reliable, agency report stated.

The firm further guarantees the reliability of the kit by getting Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

However, Amazon noted though the test kit has not been cleared or approved by the agency.

On how it works, the company discloses that getting a test kit and using it is a fairly simple process. Here’s how it works: Buy a collection kit from Amazon; register the kit and take the test.

Amazon says it takes less than 20 minutes to complete that part of the process, and the sample collection is simple and gentle.

Return the kit to Amazon; and the purchase price includes Amazon Prime delivery at no additional cost.

The kits are processed by Amazon’s in-house laboratory using a sensitive method known as RT-PCR, a procedure approved by the FDA and touted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the “gold standard” diagnostic approach.

After Amazon receives the returned kit, it says users will have their results within 24 hours through Amazon’s secure Web site

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