It was used on U of I campuses “to hold the virus in check by utilizing widespread testing with rapid results.”READ MORE: Homeowners In Unincorporated Subdivision Fear Scheme Is Afoot For Elk Grove Village To Take Their Property; Lawmakers Deny It
Under the guidelines, the University of Illinois system can expand the covidSHIELD test to other colleges and universities.
“The University of Illinois has been a national leader in innovation for decades, and the campus’ groundbreaking work to develop rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 testing is but the latest example of that tradition,” said Governor J.B. Pritzker. “Widespread testing remains a critical tool in combating this pandemic, and I’m dedicating $20 million in CARES Act funding to provide one million tests to Illinois’ other public universities under the FDA’s emergency use authorization.”
The $20 million in CARES Act funding released by Pritzker will provide a million tests across Illinois’ 12 public universities and 48 community colleges, under an agreement between the Illinois Department of Public Health and the U of I System.
“Today’s EUA is a game changer in our efforts to combat COVID-19 across Illinois and the United States,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). “When the pandemic struck, the University of Illinois answered the call — and this rapid, low-cost saliva-testing program could be the key to dramatically expanding our testing infrastructure. I’m proud to stand with the remarkable work of U of I’s scientists and researchers, and I’m thankful for their efforts to improve our public health.”
U of I System President Tim Killeen said the system is eager to share its test.READ MORE: Weekly Vaccination Site In Englewood Offering Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer doses
“We were created to serve the needs of our state and our nation – to help steer through challenges and lead the way to progress,” Killeen said. “It is a role we have filled with distinction during the COVID-19 crisis, and this expansion of our breakthrough saliva-based testing will be a real game changer, protecting lives and livelihoods.”
As of now, the U of I System has administered more than 1.5 million tests at its universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield.
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The U of I System has received @US_FDA emergency use authorization for it's innovative COVID saliva test. Two system units are working to expand covidSHIELD testing beyond its universities: SHIELD Illinois and Shield T3. https://t.co/9UYcqqBVWM
— U of IL System (@UofILSystem) March 1, 2021