IAEA and WPRO Webinar Series to Support the COVID-19 Testing Laboratories in the Asia and the Pacific Region

To help meet the growing demand for detection equipment in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IAEA has collaborated with the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO), to deliver a four-part webinar series designed to strengthen the testing capacities of laboratories in Asia and the Pacific.

Unfolding across four, separate sessions, the webinars will be led by IAEA experts and leading professionals from WHO-appointed global reference laboratories for COVID-19.

The curriculum of the series begins by establishing the laboratory requirements for the effective use of real-time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), including the biosafety and biosecurity frameworks. The second session of the series explores the best practices of sample collection and preparation for real-time RT-PCR, followed by a subsequent webinar focussing on the interpretation of results and on quality assurance and quality control. Finally, the webinar series concludes with a unique, 'problem-solving' session during which the technical concerns and challenges of the participating laboratories, with focus on the beneficiaries of the IAEA emergency support, will be addressed by visiting international experts.

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