At Home COVID 19 Antigen Testing and Vaccine Update with Harvard Professor Michael Mina, MD

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Professor Michael Mina, MD answers key questions about at-home COVID 19 testing and coronavirus vaccines:
0:00 We need a new testing strategy and at home rapid tests have advantages to PCR
2:49 What other countries are using rapid antigen paper COVID-19 tests?
3:25 Rapid decline of COVID-19 spread in Slovakia with paper antigen COVID 19 tests
3:48 At home coronavirus tests are an intervention most people actually want (unlike distancing, shutdowns, etc.)
6:21 FDA barrier to rapid at home COVID 19 tests
6:40 The sensitivity of at-home tests to capture someone who is infectious with COVID 19 is 95-99%
6:53 Simple ways to address false positives
7:45 Manufacturing capacity needed for 10-20 million paper strip tests per day
8:17 Dr. Mina’s discussions with various US leaders and elected officials about at home tests
8:41 Dr. Fauci on at home coronavirus tests
9:21 Who’s job is it to make rapid at home tests a reality?
12:07 FDA approves the first at home SARS-CoV-2 test (made by Lucira), but will it be useful?
15:35 New York Times article with a misleading title about rapid antigen tests
16:09 PCR vs antigen tests are useful for completely different purposes
20:32 Capturing the contagious window of COVID-19 with testing (the viral dynamics and the Ct values of SARS CoV 2)
28:14 CDC estimates that over half of COVID-19 spread is asymptotic or pre-symptomatic
31:05 Are any test manufactures collaborating on COVID-19 testing in the US (and using confirmatory tests)?
36:17 What rapid COVID-19 have been approved in the US or outside the US that are suitable for a self test?
36:46 Abbott Binax Now Test
37:11 Abbott Panbio Test
37:48 Roche SD Biosensor COVID-19 Test
38:00 AccessBio Antigen Test
38:32 E25Bio Rapid COVID-19 Test
40:18 What entity should oversee at home COVID-19 screening tools? The FDA? CDC? a new entity?
45:52 The (relatively small) expense of at home COVID-19 testing
48:53 Practical testing tips for the testing services we have available now?
54:05 Common misconceptions about rapid COVID-19 testing
56:15 Will a viable coronavirus vaccine diminish the need for at home testing?
57:09 Concerns about COVID 19 vaccine efficacy including plasmablast response
1:00:00 Easier to adjust a paper test than a vaccine
1:01:10 Parting words and how to learn more about rapid tests
Michael Mina, MD, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Mina is also a core member of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD) and an Assoc. Medical Director in Clinical Microbiology in the Department of Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Mina’s full bio: ccdd.hsph.harvard.edu/people/michael-mina
The volunteer-based rapid test advocacy website that Dr. Mina is the director of: www.rapidtests.org
(a great place to learn more about rapid at-home tests or help advocate for them)
Interviewer:
Kyle Allred
Physician Assistant
MedCram.com Producer and Co-Founder
Contact: customers@medcram.com

LINKS FROM THIS INTERVIEW:
Science Advances: Test sensitivity is secondary to frequency and turnaround time for COVID-19 screening (Dr. Mina is a co-author) | advances.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/11/20/sciadv.abd5393.1
Economic Benefits of COVID-19 Screening Tests (Dr. Mina is a co-author) | www.nber.org/papers/w28031
Time: How We Can Stop the Spread of COVID-19 By Christmas (by Dr. Michael Mina) | time.com/5912705/covid-19-stop-spread-christmas/
New York Times: A Rapid Virus Test Falters in People Without Symptoms, Study Finds | www.nytimes.com/2020/11/02/health/coronavirus-testing-quidel-sofia.html
Worldometer: Slovakia COVID-19 Data: www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/slovakia/
CDC | www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/science-of-masking-full.pdf
FDA | www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-first-covid-19-test-self-testing-home
Previous MedCram Interview with Dr. Michael Mina on COVID-19Testing: amprom.info/down/nLVmgXh7i8WXs6c/video
Fast Company: Slovakia tested almost everyone in the country and ‘broke the curve’ | www.fastcompany.com/90577240/slovakia-tested-almost-everyone-in-the-country-and-broke-the-curve
Dr. Mina's Twitter | michaelmina_lab
TWiV 640 | amprom.info/down/pKmjaIqpp5mtsaM/video
MedCram: COVID-19 Rapid Tests Demo & Q/A with E25Bio Co-Founder | amprom.info/down/qrCGaH15qMymls0/video

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    Thank you for watching and subscribing. Topics discussed in this video:
    0:00 We need a new testing strategy and at home rapid tests have advantages to PCR
    2:49 What other countries are using rapid antigen paper COVID-19 tests?
    3:25 Rapid decline of COVID-19 spread in Slovakia with paper antigen COVID 19 tests
    3:48 At home coronavirus tests are an intervention most people actually want (unlike distancing, shutdowns, etc.)
    6:21 FDA barrier to rapid at home COVID 19 tests
    6:40 The sensitivity of at-home tests to capture someone who is infectious with COVID 19 is 95-99%
    6:53 Simple ways to address false positives
    7:45 Manufacturing capacity needed for 10-20 million paper strip tests per day
    8:17 Dr. Mina’s discussions with various US leaders and elected officials about at home tests
    8:41 Dr. Fauci on at home coronavirus tests
    9:21 Whos job is it to make rapid at home tests a reality?
    12:07 FDA approves the first at home SARS-CoV-2 test (made by Lucira), but will it be useful?
    15:35 New York Times article with a misleading title about rapid antigen tests
    16:09 PCR vs antigen tests are useful for completely different purposes
    20:32 Capturing the contagious window of COVID-19 with testing (the viral dynamics and the Ct values of SARS CoV 2)
    28:14 CDC estimates that over half of COVID-19 spread is asymptotic or pre-symptomatic
    31:05 Are any test manufactures collaborating on COVID-19 testing in the US (and using confirmatory tests)?
    36:17 What rapid COVID-19 have been approved in the US or outside the US that are suitable for a self test?
    36:46 Abbott Binax Now Test
    37:11 Abbott Panbio Test
    37:48 Roche SD Biosensor COVID-19 Test
    38:00 AccessBio Antigen Test
    38:32 E25Bio Rapid COVID-19 Test
    40:18 What entity should oversee at home COVID-19 screening tools? The FDA? CDC? a new entity?
    45:52 The (relatively small) expense of at home COVID-19 testing
    48:53 Practical testing tips for the testing services we have available now?
    54:05 Common misconceptions about rapid COVID-19 testing
    56:15 Will a viable coronavirus vaccine diminish the need for at home testing?
    57:09 Concerns about COVID 19 vaccine efficacy including plasmablast response
    1:00:00 Easier to adjust a paper test than a vaccine
    1:01:10 Parting words and how to learn more about rapid tests

    • Gail Hitson

      Gail Hitson

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      Where can we order these home test strips? There are bound to be reliable places to order from, like in the UK? Thank you.

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      @Ovrjoyd Glad you're finding these helpful! And thanks for sharing!

    • Ovrjoyd

      Ovrjoyd

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      I share on my Social Media feeds and personal texts with friends. Thank you so much!

    • T D

      T D

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      I searched for the rapid antigen home test after seeing Dr Mina here last time. Of course the USA is stuck on stupid, or perhaps far worse. The FDA approved $1K a pill Remdesivir immediately though it doesn't treat COVID-19 at all. The FDA lets the perfect be the enemy of the good with affordable diagnostics and treatments though.

    • 美國德州牛仔TV

      美國德州牛仔TV

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      Thanks

  • Jin Zhang

    Jin Zhang

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    As a graduate epidemiologist of Harvard School of Public Health and as a clinical Infectious Disease specialist, I support Prof Mina's push for rapid testing but I take issue and I disagree with several points he raised:
    1. Mina says "After several months, plasmablasts will go away, and the vaccine efficacy will go down." - This is very misleading. Plasmablasts are just one arm of the immune system. There are also memory B cells which can rapidly activate when re-exposed to SarsCov2. There are T-helper cells and cytotoxic T cells. Dr Shane Crotty's lab has directly shown these immune cells are present in germinal centers of lymph nodes. Many of the prior vaccines to other types of Sars Coronavirus have shown immunity lasting at least one year. Yeah - we determine vaccine efficacy at 2 months but that doesn't allow Prof Mina to automatically assume that immunity will completely wane after that, and his analogy of just a few "snipers" immune cells after 2 months is misleading
    2. Mina says "It only takes one mutation to cause the virus to escape." - Again, this is very misleading. For one mutation in a DNA sequence to cause a massive change in the Spike protein structure that is extremely rare. More likely it involve deletions, or several changes. Also, the immune system has a repertoire of targets and epitopes that its cells can target, so one mutation will rarely be enough for the virus to escape immune system attack. And even assuming the worst case scenario - the vaccine manufacturers can always adjust the vaccine composition to include these variants
    My point is - Prof Mina, go ahead and try to boost your support for rapid testing, but don't do this at the expense of making misleading statements like this to minimize the tremendous potential impact of vaccination

  • Joe Calandra

    Joe Calandra

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    How do we get these tests? Who makes them?

  • Maryam J Syed

    Maryam J Syed

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    I was admitted at the hospital back in May 2020 and my symptoms did resemble COVID (developed pneumonia at the hospital and presented with high fever/altered mental status/GI disturbance) but all my COVID tests were normal. My attending brought of these tests (that was from his personal kit) to have me tested for antibodies (on the last day before discharge). I knew back this was a thing (he got it from his family member from another country). No one really believed me when I told them about this test lol

  • eglaham

    eglaham

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    Always enlightening to hear Dr. Mina speak. One issue, however, that I never hear addressed is how do we know that the PCR test or any test for that matter, is actually identifying SARS-CoV-2. Is isolation or purification of the virus done at the time of each test? What is the gold standard of verification? PCR testing was invented decades before the novel coronavirus and I don't understand how it knows one coronavirus from another without such a gold standard for comparison. Any insights would be greatly appreciated!

  • Ginnie Augustine

    Ginnie Augustine

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    Is there a way to get into the testing group for the antigen testing?

  • William Buckley

    William Buckley

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    Besides the test kits, vaccines, masks, and social distancing, what can people do nutritionally to boost their immune system?

  • li wen

    li wen

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    agree

  • Anthony Intelisano

    Anthony Intelisano

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    Hold up! Testing at home is illegal? 😂
    Sooo. Hypothetically, if these tests were falling into my wifes scrubs and ive been using them at home. Exactly how much jail time am i looking at?
    Anyway. These tests are amazing. Its the only reason we decided to do Christmas. Or um. Would of decided to do Christmas, hypothetically speaking.

  • Arthur Montana

    Arthur Montana

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    This is the finest presentation of relevant, potentially high-impact, COVID-19 detection and mitigation strategies based on sound medical reasoning and public health policy prescriptions!

  • luv88ivories

    luv88ivories

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    What is the name of the test he is talking about??

  • Rebecca Briggs

    Rebecca Briggs

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    I think testing for Herpes simplex would be just as pertinent since viruses are plentiful and not going away; when people are stressed their terrains/body is more Vunerable to replication so good to know so can stay home and rest snd take more D3 and C.

  • Tiffany Leslie

    Tiffany Leslie

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    Is it possible to order these for personal use today??

  • Richard Schoenbaum, DDS

    Richard Schoenbaum, DDS

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    Great Interview!!

  • Gorgi G

    Gorgi G

    23 օր առաջ

    The best way to get rid of cover-19, Dr.Mina should give instruction how to help him to get this test
    in our Country.Maybe use twitter and spread this video so more people will participate.

  • Debrah Donner

    Debrah Donner

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    The time has come for this! Very well explained. I have posted on my page to get the word out! As former public health nurse, home testing as a tool during a pandemic makes perfect sense. Thanks for making it clear. Really appreciate Dr. Mina and pray he can get this approved!

  • Watts family

    Watts family

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    It needs to first be deployed in a campus setting in the US.
    That would be the quickest/easiest/cheapest place to get approval.
    Plus it would easily and quickly show results.

  • Elizabeth Nadrau

    Elizabeth Nadrau

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    This explanation is really understandable, correct and makes sense. O think much better than a direct Virus very intelligent this man. I will do what he says.

  • Elizabeth Nadrau

    Elizabeth Nadrau

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    I would love to have this

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth

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    Elon Musk is in his own denial about the seriousness of this virus. Unless your idea will make him a lot of money, I don't think he will be interested.

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth

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    We need a competent team in our new administration to oversee this pandemic. Right now, our current president is MIA, and obsessed with his stolen election delusion.
    Trump's self preoccupation has resulted in total FAILED leadership in this crisis. I am grateful to others in our country who have stepped up to try to make a difference and lead us through this pandemic.

  • William Thomas

    William Thomas

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    This should have been started in May 2020 and continued up and to the present. Where are the Grown Up People?

  • Nancy Ann

    Nancy Ann

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    We would be willing to pay for them.

  • Eva Wong

    Eva Wong

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    I have a question: why Slovakia's cases jumped up again in December?

  • Amanda Colette Merrill

    Amanda Colette Merrill

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    Brilliant ... I hope we can use them here in the UK

  • Ima Ok

    Ima Ok

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    This would be cheaper than a lock down...

  • THOMAS BOLDT

    THOMAS BOLDT

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    Phenomenal interview. Supremely well done.

  • Timothy Roper

    Timothy Roper

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    13:06, the FDA has finally approved a simple rapid at-home antigen test like that, from Abbott. And Abbott is certainly large enough to start making lots of them.

  • Pablo Mariani

    Pablo Mariani

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    Well, it is clear to me that the only explanation is PROFIT, the PCR is more "flexible" so you can manipulate everything and you never run out of "infected people" , which is what is happening right now

  • Mahala Potier

    Mahala Potier

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  • LaBambaC

    LaBambaC

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    approved, fast, cheap home covid test -- https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/10285726-health-canada-authorizes-markham-company-s-covid-19-rapid-home-test-for-sale/

  • 3Towers2Planes

    3Towers2Planes

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    Nurse collapses after receiving cv vaxx. ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtdCC87aRqU

  • firefly bug

    firefly bug

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    I love it when Trump gets the blame for everything! Really? Now I am skeptical

  • mrsamzero1

    mrsamzero1

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    No one will say it, so I will, the real reason FDA will not approve this test, is it takes money out of the pockets of the medical providers. If the big Pharma had a capture on that market it would happen.

  • Jake oliver

    Jake oliver

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    the same reason we cant get n95 mask , the reagent liquid is mostly made in you guessed it CHINA

  • Jeff Rey

    Jeff Rey

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    Where can your antigen strip be obtained please?

  • Peter Marino

    Peter Marino

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    Dr. Fauci admits the PCR test for coronavirus is all but useless as it is administered in the US
    https://alethonews.com/2020/11/03/dr-fauci-admits-the-pcr-test-for-coronavirus-is-all-but-useless-as-it-is-administered-in-the-us/

  • Amanda Bushee

    Amanda Bushee

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    As a vet tech plus a woman (preg test) I run probably hundred of thousands of different later flow antigen.. elsa test all baised on this same technology .. they are easy as long as you follow instructions time and keep them stored properly. Plus understanding the diagnostic value. Sighn me up. Cost minimum $130 to get a in clinic rapid test. The pcr test may be free however not getting a result right away minium time 3 to5 days.

  • John Lammi

    John Lammi

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    Imagine the media doing something honest and constructive for once

  • Cathy Wood

    Cathy Wood

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    This is 1 of the most informative discussions that I have seen to date. Thank you so much for sharing so much information and knowledge. I feel like for the 1st time I truly understand the difference between a rapid test and the PCR test and why people think that the rapid test are so unreliable because of the negative results. It makes so much sense that the rapid test would be negative once the viral load drops. This is truly eye opening. I will share this video and talk to everyone that I personally know about it

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      MedCram - Medical Lectures Explained CLEARLY

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      Thank you for your feedback and spreading the word

  • Te Anelo Mi Senior

    Te Anelo Mi Senior

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    The Vaccines are here now from Pzeiser also Moderna is on their way as well.

  • Eileen Moore

    Eileen Moore

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    Where are the bizzilionaires on this? Bezos? Zuckerberg? Buffett? Dorsey? ...... 1% club it’s time to get your checkbooks out and save lives and the economy. What are you waiting for? You have made millions of dollars during this pandemic it is time to give back. Your customers lives are being destroyed. I’m sure that is not what you want, is it?

  • Thomas

    Thomas

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    Excellent

  • Carole Alsworth

    Carole Alsworth

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    I would like to add to my comment below that I haven't felt the need to get tested ever as I've felt fine, & also wondered how one could possibly rely on the results since there's a waiting period to get results. This home test would make such perfect sense & protect our privacy & reliance in someone to report accurately & treat us fairly!

  • Lisa Samuelson

    Lisa Samuelson

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    Is there a test for antibodies i can get?

  • Carole Alsworth

    Carole Alsworth

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    This is such a great idea! I hate the idea of having a giant swan jammed way up my nose so I'm trying to avoid testing. This home test wouldn't bother me at all! Sure wish it could be made available soon!

  • Shakura

    Shakura

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    Where can I get some?

  • Prove its a fact

    Prove its a fact

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    *The elephant in the room*
    The *biopharmaceutical industry* funds three quarters of the drug review process of the FDA.
    Additionally, the former Commissioner of the FDA is now on the board of directors for Pfizer (the biopharmaceutical drug company)
    On November 5, 2019, President Trump nominated Stephen Hahn to be the next permanent Commissioner.
    Hahn is a strong trump supporter, and has back trump on everything trump wanted to achieve. That includes "fast-tracking" / "warp-speeding" the covid-19 vaccine.
    I think it's easy to connect the dots

  • Trevor Ryan

    Trevor Ryan

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    By the time people report to a doctor or hospital with severe covid symptoms, they are already past the viral replication phase and into the inflammatory phase. Hence they are not infectious anymore and cannot transmit the virus to doctors staff or hospital staff. Hence more important to first vaccinate the people in the general community of the population who are the highest drivers of infection - and this would be the asymptomatic younger people (15 - 30) who are disobeying lockdown regulations and having night club parties in closed environments etc as well as the working class (20 - 60) from the poor and middle class sectors who need to work daily to produce income for survival and who work with the driver class example school teachers, parents, grocery shop tellers, etc. Vaccinating all these first will reduce transmission, lower R0, reduce hospitalizations and deaths. Also these companies should reduce the costs of the vaccines and stop this greedy profiteering. They cannot take a cent with them to the grave when they or their family members die. Make vaccines free for poor people and poor countries, produce on large scale and distribute world wide. This pandemic is not over for anybody until it is over for everybody.

  • Daniel Mozis

    Daniel Mozis

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    Enlighten for present and futur pandemics but one thing that is disturbing me a bit is that Dr. Michael Mina is not Professor as mentioned in the title, but Ass. Professor. It creates a doubt which is unfortunate. Maybe @medcram should correct that tiny error that is too obvious.

  • reikken69

    reikken69

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    why are we not funding this??? antibody test is not that effective in detection but this is different.....this is amazing!

  • tubewacha

    tubewacha

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    70 tests X 300 million = 21 Billion tests for USA roughly
    20 tests = 6 billion
    This is a government scale expenditure.

    • Junk Girl Too

      Junk Girl Too

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      Yup. Instead gov is more interested in economic destructive lockdowns which will be costing all of us much much more in the near future. This is a DISASTER of monster proportion. Maybe the biggest mistake in human history.

  • Alan B

    Alan B

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    The FDA needs to get OUT OF THE WAY.

  • Karl Joda

    Karl Joda

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    Immunologist should be at the front line ! Not Virologists... They have no idea on our Immune system.

  • Karl Joda

    Karl Joda

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    Extremly smart effort ! 👍

  • Karl Joda

    Karl Joda

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    Great idea ! Why not to realize that !

  • Karl Joda

    Karl Joda

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    Great idea to cooperate with Musk. Let them make a TESLA-Cov2Antigene-Test for everybody !

  • Karl Joda

    Karl Joda

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    Great test ! 👍I am afraid there is enormous power against this simple and effective antigen test ! You are completetly right it should be in everybodys home ! But this is not in the interest of the goverment authorities. The follow other plans probably.

  • jossfangirl

    jossfangirl

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    Question..did Slovakia close down or stay open during this testing. Did they use masks?

    • jossfangirl

      jossfangirl

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      And will these tests be visible to others? Uploaded to a database?

  • Susan Horton

    Susan Horton

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    FDA just want to make $$$$-they have never had interest of the people

  • Angela Asadi

    Angela Asadi

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    Yes, Dr Mina get Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos. to help you get it to market.

  • Jeff Bohn

    Jeff Bohn

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    Here's why it not happening~ the Government has NO CONTROL..Nor should they have control..I know people have spoken to Trump and the admintation at length about these.crickets.

  • Jackie Flynn

    Jackie Flynn

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    It's almost as if people might find a means to reduce their anxiety level and live a normal existence. God forbid.

  • Christopher Oliveira

    Christopher Oliveira

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  • JM

    JM

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    Thanks for all ya doing and have done thus far!

  • Twinky D.

    Twinky D.

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    Thank you gentlemen for making that so understandable. I have a few ?’s I developed after some reading. If the Gulf W. Vets were being tested with a PCR test for high levels of mycoplasma, is that the same test we use for CV? Are we testing for it ?

  • perceivingacting

    perceivingacting

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    What do you think of the UK's decision to push ahead with lateral flow rapid tests and the BMJ's criticism that they are only 50% sensitive? Are these what you are talking about or different?

  • Dat cargurl shaun

    Dat cargurl shaun

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    Covid testing is the vaccine! It's on a lower scale. Please don't do it if u serve the Lord!

  • Blažej Petrek

    Blažej Petrek

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    Hi, I'm from Slovakia. I was a volunteer during comunity testing and I have some notes on this.
    - In general, people do not want to be tested. The spread of hoaxes and fake news and hate against government is stronger than scientific explanation.
    The reason why first and second rounds of testing (there were two rounds of testing in general) was so productive is, because it was mandatory. If you got negative test, you got certificate and you could move freely. If you had positive result OR if you did not participate on this, you had to stay in quarantine for 10 days.
    - Shame that we did not test all the positive with PCR tests to gain more exact data...
    - Then the third round of testing was completely voluntary and only in regions with high level of positive cases. The participation was very low - around 10%-15%.
    - We bought time with testing, but we were not able to use it effectively, we're back to where we were before already.
    - We have some free static stations where you can be tested with antigen tests for free and it creates false trust in these tests that people with negative result, even with symptoms, are too dependent on it and they do not realise that they still might be (and a lot of them really are) positive.
    So in my opinion, antigen tests are great in some cases, but it is extremely difficult to make ordinary people understand that properly.
    Fingers crossed guys!

  • E R Ley

    E R Ley

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    This man makes lots of sense! Think of all the people who test their blood sugars at home!

  • Elaine Hump

    Elaine Hump

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    Crowdfunding!! How did the home poop test get approved?

  • Anne Brouillette

    Anne Brouillette

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    Please approach Gov. Newsom in California / Eric Garcetti (Mayor LA). Also & maybe easier to reach: Dr Christina Ghaly, Director LA County Dept Health Services& Dr Mark Ghaly ( Secretary CA Health & Human Services ). Thanks! Great video re: rapid tests for home use re: Covid -19.

  • Peta Ross

    Peta Ross

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    Well there's probably a lot more $$$ to be made from a vaccine rather than a home test , so it won't happen :(

  • Mike Malone

    Mike Malone

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    When every elected federal official, and all the cdc receive the vaccine, only then will trust taking it. Sort of like the kings taste tester to make sue the food isn’t poisonous! Because, right now I don’t have faith in any elected official, WHO, or the CDC! They have all lied to us and are no5 looking out foe the citizens, they are only concerned about their political power and what they can personally get out of it!

  • Richard Rodriguez

    Richard Rodriguez

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    Frequent rapid testing is working well in the UK!

  • Xerxes Shagnasty

    Xerxes Shagnasty

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    Even Dr. Mina is making this too complicated. Ignore the government. I can buy urine dipsticks, home blood sugar tests, Uric acid tests, blood stool tests, etc. etc. People buy these tests because they want to know. Doctors and the government don’t enter into it. I buy medical stuff from foreign countries on EBay. Once it takes off the government will wake up and step in. The UN just took marijuana off the controlled substances list. Pot heads know more about it than the government.

  • Xerxes Shagnasty

    Xerxes Shagnasty

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    If these rapid paper strips are produced in foreign countries then why can’t individuals order and purchase them from those countries? It’s like the Chinese with masks. Individual companies in China have been buying equipment and changing their production to make masks in response to extreme demand. They are shipping to America because masks aren’t produced in sufficient numbers to supply this country. Instead of expecting Elon Musk to do anything, contact the producers in the foreign countries and ask them to ship to the USA. So, I will accept (buy) from a producer a certain amount of their rapid antigen tests and distribute (sell, cheaply) to the public here in America. It will be a black market operation. No government approval needed. It doesn’t matter as long as the tests are real and actually work.

  • Anna Sima

    Anna Sima

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    There is a great misinformation about the use of these antigen tests in Europe. We have "mass" antigen tests in Slovakia, Austria, Northern Italy, which are free of charge. Everybody is encouraged to go to test locations, where the swabbing will be done by a medical professional. Should the antigen test results be positive, the person has to take a PCR test at the same location.
    It is mportant that the swabbing is done by a professional. Antigen tests can be purchased everywhere for a small sum. However, people are discouraged to use the tests themselves as they are believed not to be able to do the swabbing correctly and may get a false negative result and thus spread the virus even more.

  • D D

    D D

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    We need Dr Mina on the WH Covid Task force to help make these suggestions and decisions

  • Ami Rose

    Ami Rose

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    Every American should be furious in the fact that brilliant and even well versed people in the field of science have been saying this publicly since March. Even more so that our brilliant experts and Doctors of medicine have been silenced on the matter. We are approaching one year since this chaos has torn through America and destroyed everything in its path, and yet we haven’t changed a single logical and proven to work process for testing? The bureaucracy and complete lack of regard for the American people is insulting.

    • Ami Rose

      Ami Rose

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      Dr. Mena for President !

    • Ami Rose

      Ami Rose

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      And yet the FDA can approve a never before done global experiment with a never before used generically engineering vaccine, ALL which are *Based on erroneous false positive testing. Unless you have a crystal ball, we have absolutely no idea what/how this will genetically effect is and our children. We’ve all been through enough trauma, be it economically, emotionally or what have you, we don’t need another pandemic that were the direct results of rushed and uncertain vaccines. Any Joe can understand how absolutely insane it is to inject a genetically modifying substance that has absolutely zero credible data. I am glad to see this testing being seriously discussed in a truthful and non-interest way. I’d like to see the same as far as the truth about the real dangers of the vaccine, rather than predominantly lecture the uneducated masses about this being the answer to all problems. It’s unprofessional and dangerous on a genocidal scale if it turns out that it forever damages ones internal function in some way. How can we inject the masses without disclosing the full scientific data ? I am not by any stretch an anti vaccination advocate, I believe in most vaccines strongly. I just want the full transparency as a mother and human life, to make an educated decision for my health. I want to know how people with autoimmune disorders are effected or even if they have tested those will existing conditions. I want to know long term how a gene altering vaccine will react to other and all viruses. I want to know how this vaccine could potentially alter or negatively impact normal cellular function. There is too much to know and I’ve yet to hear an expert discuss the concerns that all people have. I don’t want to continually hear about the “possible effectiveness” we need to know the potential and irreversible harms.

  • kaaajeee

    kaaajeee

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    No. In Slovakia after mass testing they reduced PCR testing to around half. the positive PCR rate stayed the same at around 20%. Lockdown persists.

  • Colin fryett

    Colin fryett

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    Two home tests evenly spread out over 7 days will get economies up and running

  • Norton Kelly

    Norton Kelly

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    Every country goes through the Gumberts curve, it's natural, not because of testing etc,

  • Mark Anthony

    Mark Anthony

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    I appreciate his take, but it is not accurate. DNA/RNA are byproducts of virus replication. They are present as soon as that process starts happening, so you can actually detect many early infections before disease manifestation. I personally know many people who were asymptomstic, tested positive, then developed the symptoms 2-4 days later, so they turned out to be actually presymptomatic when the test was done. PCR tests are very good tests, and in many countries they actually take 4-6 hours to come back, not 3 days, or 5 days or whatever. Long PCR processing is a debacle of terrible lab processes, transport and turnaround. We really should not keep talking about PCR tests needing 5 days to come back. Again, many developing countries have 6 hour turnaround. Having a test that detects very high viral load will not affect public health because most, if not all, of these patients are symptomatic. Those tests are more useful in delineating COVID from similar diseases, such as cold and flu. However, I agree that developing rapid cheap tests is needed, especially if they are at home tests.

  • LestatTravesty

    LestatTravesty

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    the down side, is that a nazel test will show the dead covid cells if you had it prior and it will come back positive that you have it, but you did, and don't now. i would not use that test because of that, being told positive is a major disturbance in your life and if its not true, you'd just be making peoples lives, worse.

  • David Strong

    David Strong

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    Is there anyway to buy this test now?

    • Granma Bern

      Granma Bern

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      David Strong internet

  • Michael Z

    Michael Z

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    Call Joe Biden

  • Stephen Cunningham

    Stephen Cunningham

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    If they exist all over the world, (1) why are these other countries still dealing with dramatic recurrences as well of COVID-spiking? (2) Moreover, why hasn't it gotten more traction in the US. It sounds like a panacea. (3) Finally, what is the difference between the different options?

  • Javier Kamanel

    Javier Kamanel

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    probably is not profitable enough , like HCQ or Ivermectin or just Vitamin D

  • Weiyun Y

    Weiyun Y

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    Slovakia breaking the curve? Maybe a break but hardly beating the pandemic, let alone they also implemented additional toughened measures than just a home test. Still returning very high numbers with climbing death numbers. The US really needs to implement a comprehensive approach than betting on a single measure (as for an antibiotic to a sensitive pathogen) to beat the present pandemic situation.

  • David Strong

    David Strong

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    Thank Goodness for your channel. Every time I hear a video on your channel, I learn something and am simply amazed. Home test is the best idea. If you test positive you go get another test, from a hospital or testing center, but at least you know you shouldn't be going to visit mom, or hang out at the local restaurant, until you know for sure you dont' have it.

  • TIlak Sevak

    TIlak Sevak

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    39:35 you are living in a country where Marijuana is legal but self testing a deadly virus is illegal THANKS to Trump!!

  • TIlak Sevak

    TIlak Sevak

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    27:40 he just said how to live in post pandemic world with no tension!!! But still no leaders coming out to say the truth!!

  • TIlak Sevak

    TIlak Sevak

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    Dr.Mina looks like Chuck from Supernatural)

  • TIlak Sevak

    TIlak Sevak

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    If US has done testing, all the other countries would have followed them!! It’s like the smart kid did the homework and all other are copying! But this time LEADER did NOTHING so everybody is suffering now!!

  • Dave Davids

    Dave Davids

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    It all sounds nice and it could be a solution, however it is not. The whole concept is based on the fact that you assume people are responsible and disciplined, which many are not. By now everybody knows the rules and still many don't care, they go out, party, even when they know they have corona.
    I live in a country where corona is now spreading rapidly. We went from hardly any cases to a lot of infections on a daily basis in less than a couple of weeks. Everybody knows the rules, everybody knows you should not organize parties at home, don't go to happy hours and stand close to each other, yet a sh*t load of people still do it.
    This rapid home tests will not help them nor anybody else. Most likely they will not use them and if they use them they still won't stay at home if they don't feel sick.
    That is the reality we live in and therefore a vaccine is the only solution to this pandemic.
    I wish it would be different.

  • Expresso Yourself

    Expresso Yourself

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    Why is this not on the evening news. He should have already been hit up for interviews, but no. Why is that? This country is crazy. Money Money Money.

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  • Whole Spirit

    Whole Spirit

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    MedCram ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️
    Please CHANGE the Back to School to something less controversial because Parents are AFRAID understandably. EXAMPLES: Return to more Normalcy, Safety In the Workplace, Accurate Answers, etc.
    MedCram, Please change this and ask Dr. Mina to make that change. Change to: Give Control to the people, Protect Families, Protect Workplaces and Stop the Spread. We CAN DO THIS. Thank You 💚