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This effort is a collaboration between SciLifeLab, Karolinska Institutet, the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the country’s clinical microbiology laboratories. It was enabled through a major grant from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation to Lars Engstrand (Karolinska Institutet/SciLifeLab).
The effort is now and up and running with the capacity to analyze 5 000 COVID-19 samples a day. All Swedish regions are offered to use the facility and send samples for analysis (and can enter an agreement with the Public Health Agency of Sweden for this purpose). Currently, samples primarily come from personnel in healthcare and elderly care (priority group 2), but the laboratory is expanding to analyze samples from personnel in vital society functions (priority group 3) as well, based on recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden.
Coordinator: Lars Engstrand (SciLifeLab/Karolinska Institutet)
The laboratory is located at the Centre for Translational Microbiome Research (CTMR), directed by Lars Engstrand and located at Karolinska Institutet and SciLifeLab.
While the laboratory was set up in a time of global shortage of test materials, ordering the necessary supplies was made possible through a collaboration with the Shenzhen-based research institute BGI/MGI. In early April, a substantial order containing both analysis reagents for detecting the virus’ RNA and five laboratory robots, was delivered.
The analysis methods were then evaluated through approximately 2 000 clinical tests (carried out in collaboration with Karolinska University Hospital) before launching the effort.
This effort aims at performing large-scale national testing, in order for personnel in healthcare and other vital functions to be tested for COVID-19 and work safely. Logistics are organized so as to not burden the healthcare system and thus, healthcare testing recources can be focused on patients (priority group 1). What groups to test is continuously decided in dialogue with the Public Health Agency, which has been commissioned to coordinate all testing for the virus.
A group of representatives from SciLifeLab, GMS, the Public Health Agency and all clinical microbiology laboratories at the university hospitals in Sweden has been appointed to coordinate COVID-19 testing at the CTMR laboratory. The group is led by Lars Engstrand (SciLifeLab/Karolinska Institutet) and Per Sikora (SciLifeLab/Genomic Medicine Sweden) and coordinated through Genomic Medicine Sweden’s Committee for Microbiology.
SciLifeLab’s Diagnostic Development platform is also engaged in the effort.
Den här satsningen fokuserar på att skala upp testningen för covid-19 i Sverige, och görs på uppdrag av Folkhälsomyndigheten. Det är ett samarbete mellan SciLifeLab, Karolinska Institutet, Folkhälsomyndigheten och och landets kliniska mikrobiologilaboratorier. Satsningen möjliggjordes av en omfattande donation från Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse till Lars Engstrand (Karolinska Institutet/SciLifeLab).
Laboratoriet kan analysera 5 000 prover om dagen för covid-19, och alla svenska regioner uppmuntras till att skicka in prover för analys. I dagsläget kommer de flesta proverna från personal inom sjuk- och äldrevård, men laboratoriet expanderar nu till att även analysera prover från personal inom annan samhällskritisk verksamhet, baserat på rekommendationer från Folkhälsomyndigheten.
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