WHO Director-General: Virus testing will continue to play a key role
November 27th local time, WHO held a regular press conference on COVID-19.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros said that many countries have proved that existing tools can control COVID-19.
One thing in common is the emphasis on virus testing.
Since the outbreak, WHO has emphasized the importance of testing and provided countries with testing tools, transporting millions of testing tools and other diagnostic supplies worldwide.
WHO has also cooperated with countries to improve testing capacity.
Dr Tedros stressed that testing will continue to play a key role as the vaccine is introduced, and more and better testing tools, with easy to use, cheap, reliable and fast characteristics, to take care of patients and trace contacts.
WHO and its partners are evaluating more than 50 diagnostic tools that can be incorporated into national strategies once proven to be effective.
In September this year, WHO released the first emergency use list for rapid antigen detection, which can produce results within 15 minutes.
WHO and its partners will also purchase 120 million rapid antigen detection tools to provide to 68 low- and middle-income countries around the world.