As the United States starts off 2021 with COVID-19 vaccines as well as variants, the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) reasserts the importance of strategic COVID-19 testing strategies with a report published late last week.

In the report, “Smart Testing for Optimizing Pandemic Response,” the group recommends a coordinated national approach, supply chain management, and a focus on using test results as a means to improve public health surveillance.

“We’ve outlined a range of steps that will strengthen our response to COVID-19 now along with actions to ensure that we are better prepared for future pandemics,” said Kelly Wroblewski, MPH, director of infectious diseases at APHL, in a press release. “This, of course, requires adequate funding for our nation’s public health laboratories so they are amply equipped and sufficiently staffed.”

Securing supplies via coordination, stockpiles

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