Project that includes 23 scientific laboratories was formalized on Monday
Collaborating in the search and application of solutions for emergency situations and public health risks is the objective of a new network of Portuguese scientific laboratories, coordinated by ABC – Algarve Biomedical Center.
The need to acquire and develop skills to respond to a population need led to the creation of a collaborative network between Portuguese scientific laboratories, whose first experience and knowledge sharing meeting took place yesterday, Monday, 12th, coordinated by the Ministry of Science Technology and Higher Education, Ministry of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security and Ministry of Territorial Cohesion.
"A year later, with the scientific laboratories playing a fundamental role in combating the pandemic, responding to all the challenges posed, namely the provision of testing solutions to the most vulnerable, seeking to prevent the spread of contagion, this collaborative network is formalized", the network said in a statement.
Laboratories carried out 950 thousand viral tests
The project includes 23 scientific laboratories with capacity for regular screening, among others, of SARS-CoV-2, having carried out over 950 thousand viral tests (based on PCR technology) over the last year.
The network represents about 10% of the total tests carried out in Portugal in the last year and registered in the SINAVE system, 306 thousand of which (30%) were carried out within the scope of the program promoted by the government for users and technicians of social security homes.
The protocol was signed yesterday, in the presence of the ministers of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, and of the Solidarity and Social Security Work, Ana Mendes Godinho, and has a duration of five years, with automatic renewal.
Coordinated by the Algarve Biomedical Center, the network of laboratories aims to “place science and research at the service of the country's needs”.