Cue Health awarded $481 million to scale up production of COVID-19 test: HHS

(Reuters) – The U.S. government has awarded diagnostic testing company Cue Health Inc $481 million to scale up the production of rapid COVID-19 molecular test, the Department of Health and Human Services said on Tuesday.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in New York

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in New York

The company will raise the domestic production of COVID-19 test kits to 100,000 per day by March 2021 under the deal and deliver 6 million tests and 30,000 instruments to the government to support its response to the pandemic, the health agency said.

The point-of-care test can detect the novel coronavirus in about 20 minutes with nasal swab samples collected using a Sample Wand from the lower part of the nose, the HHS said.

The system also allows results to be sent to a mobile phone via an app.

The company’s test kit was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in

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Law School Grad Goes Into Labor During Bar Exam, Finishes Test

A recent law school grad who was taking the bar exam in order to become a lawyer was complicated by the fact that her water broke mid-exam. She completed the test afterward. 

Brianna Hill, who just completed law school at Chicago’s Loyola University, took her bar exam last Monday, which lined up with her 38th week of pregnancy. Like a lot of things this year the timing had been junked up by the pandemic, which ended up pushing her exam date back to Oct. 5. As one might expect, that switch of dates proved pretty stressful.

“I thought I would only be 28 weeks pregnant when I took the bar,” Hill said to CNN. “However, due to the pandemic, the test was pushed to October and I was going to be 38 weeks. I joked about taking the test from my hospital bed. Lesson learned!”

Reports state that Hill had

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Australia partner visas to require English test under new law

Couples will now need to prove their English proficiency to gain a partner visa
Couples will now need to prove their English proficiency to gain a partner visa

Foreigners seeking a permanent partner visa in Australia will have to pass an English test, the country’s government plans.

The controversial prerequisite, if approved by parliament, would apply to applicants from mid-2021.

It would require them and their partners – who must be permanent residents – to reach a certain level.

Critics have called the change “discriminatory”, but the government says it will build “social cohesion”.

“We will require an applicant and a sponsor to have met functional level English or to have at least made reasonable efforts to learn English,” Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said.

In recent years, Australia’s conservative government has called for prospective migrants to face mandatory, rigorous testing on their English language skills.

More than one-fifth of Australia’s population speaks a language other than English at home, with the figure above 35%

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