Saliva tests are really important and the way they work makes them more amenable to surveillance testing, said Adm. Brett Giroir, the White House coronavirus testing coordinator, on Good Morning American on Tuesday.
“I think it’s very important,” he said.
Giroir noted some saliva tests, like SalivaDirect, which recently received emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration, and another in the works, don’t need swabs, don’t need special transport media and don’t need some of the chemical reagents used in other tests.
“So it skips many steps up front, so it makes it much more amenable to be used as a surveillance tool like in schools or universities,” he said. “And it also preserves some of the reagents that are relatively scarce.”
Giroir said that more saliva tests will be available soon.