May 2020 Waste Management Training Session

May 23, 2020

The May 2020 Waste Management training session focused on SARS-CoV-2 laboratory biosafety guidance and featured the presentation of David Bressler, Health Scientist and Microbiologist at the International Laboratory Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly all countries are scaling up COVID-19 testing as one of the main strategies to eliminate the transmission via identifying and quarantining of infected individuals. The WHO has provided interim guidance on laboratory biosafety related to the COVID-19 virus to laboratories and stakeholders involved in COVID-19 virus laboratory work. This ECHO session centered around this guidance and touched on important biosafety aspects of testing, including packaging and shipment requirements for sending specimens for COVID-19 testing.