US leads lab training on COVID-19 testing in the Philippines

Aileen Cerrudo

The United States government led a two-week laboratory training in the Philippines to strengthen the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing capabilities of Philippine medical technologists.

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Philippines-AFRIMS Virology Research Unit (PAVRU) trained four medical technologists at the Victoriano Luna Medical Center on biosafety, biosecurity, respiratory sample processing and storage, and COVID-19 testing techniques.

“PAVRU offered technical guidance as the Medical Center designed, renovated and equipped a dedicated COVID-19 testing laboratory that includes biosafety cabinets, centrifuges, and biomedical freezers,” according to a statement of the US Embassy in the Philippines.

Victoriano Luna Medical Center and its personnel have completed nearly 3,000 COVID-19 tests on behalf of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). AAC

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