Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Covid rapid test recalled by CDC and FDA

Served Its Purpose? CDC and FDA Recall Faulty COVID PCR Test

Last week, big media was salivating over the COVID Delta variant and recommendations for indoor masking, even for the vaccinated, masking young children, and the possibility of a return to last year, with social distancing, capacity limits, and business closures.

There were also news stories that the media dutifully ignored, like ongoing election audits, Hunter Biden’s laptop, his father’s growing inability to think and speak coherently, and growing inflation and unemployment.

Also somehow missed by the investigative sleuths at CNN and MSNBC was the recall of a COVID rapid antigen test last month. This wasn’t just any recall but according to the FDA a serious one, “The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.” That’s an understatement.

Specifically, this is the Innova SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test using a nasal swab and test strip, with a colored line appearing if the person has the Chinese coronavirus. None of these tests are FDA-approved, only being used under emergency use authorization, like the COVID vaccines.

Who used these tests? According to the FDA, these were used by health care providers and large testing programs such as on college campuses. The faulty test provided both false-negative and false-positive results, each problematic but in different ways.

This test was introduced in February 2020, when COVID was barely a blip on the radar. This was the same time as when Dr. Anthony Fauci was becoming a media celebrity and told a USA Today reporter at the time, “The risk of coronavirus in USA is 'minuscule'; skip mask and wash hands.” Why would such a test even be developed for this Fauci predicted non-event? Unless more was known or planned than Dr. Fauci admitted at the time.

At least 77,339 devices were recalled in the U.S., but perhaps far more were used and unaccounted for. A false-negative test might mean a sick patient was sent home to worsen and spread the virus rather than beginning treatment or being admitted to the hospital.

A false-positive might prevent someone from working, traveling, or competing in sport, as recently happened to professional golfer and 2021 U.S. Open winner Jon Rahm, who was scratched from the Olympic games due to a positive test, despite having antibodies from prior COVID infection and being vaccinated.

Who makes this recalled test? Innova Medical Group, headquartered in Pasadena, Calfornia, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pasaca Capital, Inc. Pasaca is a private equity firm, also headquartered in Pasadena, whose founder and CEO, Charles Huang, PhD, received his undergraduate degree in economics from Wuhan University, China, where he grew up. All roads in the COVID story seem to lead to Wuhan.

While the FDA stopped the Innova PCR test in the U.S., across the pond in the U.K., they are doubling down by clearing its use and extending its authorization. What do they know that our FDA does not?

Dr Huang received a PhD in marketing and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Named “Scottish university of the year” in 2020, it is likely a good place to make connections with future Downing Street power brokers. Very convenient.

Will other emergency use COVID tests be similarly cancelled by FDA and CDC? Why isn’t this a story since these tests have guided policy not only in America but around the world, everything from stay-at-home orders to school and business closures, and masking and distancing requirements.

There have been other faulty tests, as NPR reported. CDC lab officials decided to release a coronavirus test kit despite a quality control test suggesting a 33 percent failure rate. How and why was such a decision made?

The PCR test was never designed for mass infectious disease screening, according to Kary Mullis, inventor of the PCR test. He said, “With PCR if you do it well you can find almost anything in anybody.” But “it doesn’t tell you that you are sick.” Yet these are the same tests that have been relied on for shaping public health policy.

Even that bastion of right-wing propaganda, the New York Times, recognizedlast year the folly of PCR testing with a high cycle threshold used to determine who is sick rather than who has a few viral fragments in their nose.


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