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City of Frankfurt am Main funds Corona test vending machines

26.03.2020 | 12:56 Clock | Service
City of Frankfurt am Main funds Corona test vending machines

Mayor Becker and City Councillor Majer approve application of Frankfurt University Hospital

(ffm) The application for a Corona test fully automatic machine, which the Institute for Medical Virology of the University Hospital submitted to the City of Frankfurt, can be granted. This was announced by the mayor and city treasurer Uwe Becker and the head of the health department Stefan Majer. The cost of purchasing a fully automated machine to expand laboratory capacity will be covered by the city.

"Our common goal is to contain the spread of the coronavirus. But to do so, we must also protect those very Frankfurters who are working to help us. The employees of the police, fire brigade and hospitals, who are particularly at risk every day in their work, can be tested quickly, fully automatically and without complications with the help of the device," said Becker. "We must work together to do everything necessary to ensure our health care system can withstand this pandemic."

"We are pleased to have been able to quickly and unbureaucratically secure an expansion of laboratory capacity for testing COVID infections for University Hospital. It is urgently necessary that the samples from the test centres are analysed quickly. The Institute of Virology, as a reference center, has a special role to play in testing and scientific analysis," Majer said.

"We are very pleased that the City of Frankfurt has agreed to fund a fully automated machine for PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 for the Medical Institute of Virology at the University Hospital. In the context of the current challenges posed by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, we have an urgent need to expand our testing capacity and to exclude COVID infections, especially in persons necessary for the maintenance of public order. We hope to be able to put the device into operation as soon as possible" said Prof. Sandra Ciesek, director of the Institute of Medical Virology at Frankfurt University Hospital.

The device, which analyses the tests fully automatically, can now be ordered by Frankfurt University Hospital. The costs are borne by the city of Frankfurt.

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