Gorgas Institute racks up virus test supplies

 
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The Gorgas Commemorative Institute, , has purchased  75,000 PCR tests (used to detect COVID-19) at a cost between $ 8.50 and $10 each meaning that between  $637,500 and $ 750,000 have been invested in tests, not counting costs of extraction kits and swabs, according the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

Gorgas is currently in the process of purchasing 10,000 additional tests. An additional 20,000 tests are expected to be obtained, 10,000 from the Pan American Health Organization and 10,000 donated by South Korea reports TVN

Rapid antigen tests have also been applied in Panama, at a cost of $12.50. Some 15,000 have been made in the last month, representing an approximate cost of $187,500. The team of scientists at the Gorgas Memorial Institute is working to sequence the COVID-19 virus to determine its genomic traceability. So far, 300 positive cases have been sequenced in Panama determining the different strains present in the country.



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pollokeeper

10 years of economic misery? Oh, good. Maybe real estate prices will drop to more affordable levels.

3 months ago
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Veraguas

This at home incarceration is not going to end until there is a vaccine and everyone has taken it. So expect another year of being locked up if you stay here. Expect 10 years of economic misery from the fallout of this ill conceived lockdown.

3 months ago
user
Oh ya

One can hope jbis getting one of the flights out of here they announced yesterday so we don't have to listen to him crying like a little school girl

3 months ago
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OBSERVER

Things must be very quiet at the ACP where Brown claims he works, as no Panamanian has the IQ to do his paper shuffling job

3 months ago
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Jbbrown

Ah crap! This means more asymptomatic positive and more false positives. This means more cases and the excuse needed to continue the house arrest.

3 months ago
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