$10 Billion Allocated for COVID-19 Testing in Schools


$10 billion of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package has been allocated to test K-12 students in the country. Using the appropriate SARS-CoV-2 test authorized for emergency use by the U.S. FDA, your lab can easily pivot from diagnostics, to screening asymptomatic individuals. PerkinElmer can help you get there by immediate deployment of solutions you need.

LOD matters. A highly sensitive RT-PCR test should be used for screening asymptomatic individuals

According to the FDA companion resource, a highly sensitive RT-PCR test should be used for screening asymptomatic individuals without known exposure to SARS-CoV-21. The PerkinElmer New Coronavirus Nucleic Acid Detection Kit is the most sensitive commercially available COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test authorized for emergency use, as reported by FDA’s reference panel study2. A 10-fold increase in LOD above PerkinElmer’s test can increase false negative rate by 13%3.

PerkinElmer, Inc. is one of only four entities that manufactures a molecular diagnostic test kit authorized by the FDA to screen pooled asymptomatic individuals4 – this capability is at the very heart of a successful COVID-19 testing program for K-12 school1.

Kits authorized by the FDA to screen pooled asymptomatic individuals
Pooling reduces costs for screening K-12 students

PerkinElmer’s OneSource® Laboratory Services organization and field application specialist teams have been instrumental in enabling labs to significantly scale up daily testing capacity in a matter of days to screen school children and other communities. PerkinElmer has a strong, vertically integrated supply chain that encompasses the development and manufacture of critical components such as viral nucleic acid extraction, RT-PCR, automation equipment, plastics and consumables enabling cost-effective, reliable, and single-source solutions for SARS-CoV-2 screening, surveillance, and diagnosis.

Contact your PerkinElmer representative today to ensure that your lab is ready for screening K-12 students!

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