Abbott Laboratories directs employees to dispose of rapid COVID-19 test materials

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Employees at Abbott Laboratories, which makes rapid COVID-19 tests, were instructed in June and July to start destroying BinaxNOW test materials amid declining sales, The New York Times reported.The BinaxNOW antigen test, which can provide COVID-19 results within 15 minutes, was popular earlier in the pandemic as a way for people to quickly learn whether they had the coronavirus, and Abbott once partnered with the White House under former President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense: Afghan flights restart as Biden vows to complete evacuation Trump says he 'single-handedly' picked Alabama for Space Command, contradicting Pentagon Overnight Health Care: Battle over masks in Florida escalates as two school districts given 48 hours to comply MORE.The antigen tests are less reliable than the PCR tests, which tend to provide results within a few days.The Times reported that sales for the rapid test fell in the spring as cases started to decline amid a nationwide vaccine
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