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  • CVS announced today that it plans to establish 1,000 additional drive-thru testing sites.

American pharmacy and convenience store chain CVS announced on Thursday it will be opening more than 50 coronavirus testing sites at select pharmacy drive-thru locations across five U.S. states, Reuters reports.

The popular drugstore — whose profits have skyrocketed over the course of the coronavirus pandemic — also expects to have 1,000 drive-thru testing locations established in the country by the end of May.

 

 

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The new sites will use self-swab tests to minimize transmission through particle droplets and will be sent to a third-party lab for testing. Results will be available in about three days after the test. The new locations will first be established in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida and Pennsylvania. 


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CVS currently operates multiple large-scale coronavirus screening sites across five current states, which have capabilities to process approximately 30,000 tests weekly. Its goal is reportedly to process up to 1.5 million tests per month with the new sites. 

Reuters notes that the new CVS testing locations in Georgia and Rhode Island use Abbott Laboratories' diagnostic kit. A recent study posted by New York University researchers found that the Abbott ID tests report almost 48 percent of false negatives, calling the accuracy of the kit into question. Abbott disputes those findings, which are not yet peer reviewed. 

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Published on May 14, 2020