NATO Upgrades COVID-19 Testing Capacity in Afghanistan

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan has upgraded its COVID-19 testing facilities with the addition of a new GeneXpert 16 COVID-19 testing laboratory, along with three technicians. This will lead to quicker test results, limit the spread of the disease, and lead to prompt medical action for the infected person.
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NATO began testing Coronavirus samples on April 23. Before that, samples had to be sent outside Afghanistan for analysis, leading to more than a week’s lag due to travel restrictions.

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) also delivered a (Thermo Fisher) TaqPath COVID-19 Combo Kit, six BioFire machines, and four additional GeneXpert machines. Testing is now available for all personnel serving under the 38-nation mission, including service-members, civilians, contractors and Afghan workers living on Resolute Support bases.

The funds for the upgradation were provided by Austria, Norway and the U.S.

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