Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup
SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 6, 2020
SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
On August 4, the FDA issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for ventilator-related devices to:
On August 5, the FDA issued a Surgical Masks Umbrella Emergency Use Authorization in response to concerns relating to insufficient supply and availability of disposable, single-use surgical masks. As explained in the EUA, surgical masks that meet specific performance requirements are authorized for use in health care settings by health care personnel as personal protective equipment to provide a physical barrier to fluids and particulate materials to prevent exposure to respiratory droplets and large particles during surgical mask shortages resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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