COVID-19 ECHO Session #7: Implementing Fast Turn-Around Lab Testing for Control of COVID-19

May 14, 2020

On 29 April 2020, ASLM’s LabCoP hosted this ECHO session on strategies to implement fast turn-around laboratory testing for control of COVID-19, presented by Dr Trevor Peter, Senior Director, Diagnostic Services, Clinton Health Access Initiative. Nucleic acid testing is the WHO-recommended method for detecting SARS-CoV-2. The global scale-up of COVID-19 diagnostics will depend on use of both central and decentralized nucleic acid test laboratories. In order to be effective and useful for the COVID-19 response, the testing strategy needs to be carefully planned and rapid test turn around will be essential. Dr Peter’s presentation covered testing strategies, scale-up, the three stages of testing, supply chain considerations, and the most effective ways to reach patients at risk with the available limited testing resources. Please follow the links posted here to view the recorded video session on ASLM’s YouTube channel, and download the presentation slides from the session. The Q&A for this session is pending. Please check back for updates.