Vice President Mike Pence said the Food and Drug Administration has approved self-collected samples for Covid-19 testing, which he said would reduce the strain on medical supplies and professionals.
Pence said he and President Trump had asked the FDA to pursue “less invasive methods of testing” after they both endured their own tests, which require deep nasal swabs.
“I’m pleased to report that self-collected swabs can now be collected in clinics and drive-through testing sites,” Pence said.
He said asking doctors to perform the swabs creates a “drain on personal protective equipment.”
Medical professionals will still perform the actual tests on the swabs that patients take and hand in at health care facilities.