HHS Teams Up with The Rockefeller Foundation to Share Best Practices for Increased COVID-19 Testing
HHS announced an agreement with The Rockefeller Foundation to identify and share effective approaches for using rapid point-of-care (POC) antigen tests to screen for COVID-19 in communities, with a focus on safely reopening K-12 schools. The partnership establishes a pilot program with select cities and states in The Rockefeller Foundation’s Testing Solutions Group (TSG), a network of public officials devoted to scaling COVID-19 testing, tracing, and tracking in their communities. HHS will provide at least 120,000 Abbott COVID-19 POC SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests to TSG pilot sites which include: Louisville, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Tulsa, and Rhode Island. The Rockefeller Foundation will help communities define problems, set policy goals, explore options, and craft solutions to help them fight the pandemic in a science-based manner. The POC testing pilot program will also provide data on how testing strategies can be operationalized in laboratories, retail pharmacies, and other community entities. The Federal government purchased 150 million Abbott COVID-19 POC SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests on August 27 for distribution to priority populations, including vulnerable groups and schools.