Did the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admit that COVID-19 tests are invalid? No, that's not true: The claim relies on a lab alert issued on the CDC's decision to retire the use of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel. That alert was issued in July 2021. In August 2021, the CDC issued a clarification saying the test is accurate and results from it are "reliable, valid, and specific to SARS-CoV-2," the virus that causes COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is finally withdrawing the PCR test for COVID for it is seriously flawed and is incapable of distinguishing between the COVID and influenza viruses.
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The CDC is withdrawing the COVID PCR Test and the media is not making this front page. The withdraw of the COVID PCR test as valid for detecting and identifying SARS-CoV-2 is critical for all the restrictions and lockdowns. It appears that the collapse in the approval ratings for BIDEN has sent a shock wave through the Democrats as they see their own demise on the horizon. They are now back-peddling in hopes of surviving the 2022 elections.
It then included a quote from and a link to an alert from the CDC Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS) around the decision to retire the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel after December 31, 2021.
Note that the alert was issued in July 2021, not December 2021, which could explain why the "media is not making this front page." Also, the fact that the test is being retired does not mean the test is flawed. It just means it is being retired.
Nevertheless, the alert appeared to stir up some questions. To answer those questions and to clear up any confusion, the CDC Laboratory Outreach Communication System released a clarification in August 2021, that says the test is accurate and results from it are "reliable, valid, and specific to SARS-CoV-2." The clarification reads, in part:
Is CDC retiring the CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel because it has produced inaccurate results?
No. There are no performance concerns with this test. The CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel is a highly accurate test. It has been used to successfully detect SARS-CoV-2 since February 2020.
Does the retirement of the CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time PCR Diagnostic Panel mean that the previous results from this test are invalid?
No. Results from this test are reliable, valid, and specific to SARS-CoV-2.
The clarification also answered the question of whether the soon-to-be-retired test confuses SARS-CoV-2 with influenza, as the Armstrong Economics article asserts. It does not. Lead Stories previously debunked that claim.
The CDC is retiring the test because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now authorized hundreds of other SARS-CoV-2 tests.
See the FDA website for a list of authorized COVID diagnostic methods.