Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi labs now processing PCR samples from other countries

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Abu Dhabi laboratories are now accepting thousands of PCR samples daily from other countries.

The Department of Health said that the emirate is supporting international testing efforts by processing PCR samples in their labs.

The initiative is supported by Etihad Cargo, Agility and Unilabs.

This is the first time that any country is testing Covid-19 samples of people from other nations.

The DoH did not reveal which countries were sending samples to the UAE and if the service is available only for international passengers or for everyone who wishes to be tested.

Abu Dhabi labs are accepting and processing between 5,000 to 10,000 samples daily from outside the UAE.

Labs in the emirate can test 170,000 sample per day.

“Recent developments in the global pandemic have resulted in an increased demand for quality and timely testing. For this reason, Abu Dhabi has stepped in to support international testing efforts by providing laboratory analysis of Covid-19 samples from outside the UAE,” said DoH.

“The UAE is one of the top countries worldwide in terms of PCR testing capacity, number of tests conducted per capita, as well as the total number of daily laboratory tests for Covid-19 per capita.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Abu Dhabi has increased daily tests from about 1,000 to 170,000 tests per day. There are 22 laboratories processing samples and results are given in just four hours.

Results for shipped samples are provided within 24 hours of arrival.

“This initiative reflects the UAE’s belief that winning the fight against this global pandemic can only be achieved through human solidarity and international collaboration,” said Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, chairman of DoH.

“Recently, we were in conversation with several countries to support them with conducting laboratory tests in Abu Dhabi.

“Discussions are underway globally to develop a similar framework to tackle the challenges brought on by the pandemic and investigate how Abu Dhabi may provide the necessary support in laboratory testing and other services.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the UAE has successfully conducted more than 29 million Covid-19 tests for a population of 9.5 million.

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Updated: February 25, 2021 12:53 PM