During the last month, thousands of Miami-Dade residents got tested for coronavirus antibodies.
The testing venues are in Aventura and Bal Harbour, offered by Banyan Medical Systems from Omaha. The first testing site was open on April 13, and the second one on May 4, providing people with quick tests, telling them if they are immune to coronavirus.
However, things are not as good as they seem, as the Banyan tests are far from accurate. They show antibodies much less often than the manufacturer had announced.
After tested by scientists from California, it’s been proven that Bayan tests are far from what the local authorities needed for their residents.
Banyan tests were never FDA approved, although a month ago, you could see “EUA approved by the FDA” on their website.
Last week they modified the statement into “EUA allowed by the FDA.”
Thousands of people got tested already, and their insurance companies paid Banyan for it.
Although their tests suppose to be “more than 90 percent accurate,” a study conducted in California showed that Banyan Medical Systems offer tests that display a lot of false positives.
At the moment when the world is making great efforts to reopen and return to normal, false-positive tests are the least needed element.
Michel Koopman, vice president of Banyan Medical and a resident of Aventura tried to ease the situation, saying: “There’s not one antibody test that is FDA approved. They’re all allowed.”