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The city of Frankfurt am Main finances Corona test fully automatic machines

26.03.2020 | 12:56 Clock | Service
The city of Frankfurt am Main finances Corona test fully automatic machines

Mayor Becker and City Councilor Majer approve application of the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

(ffm) The application for a fully automatic corona test machine, which the Institute for Medical Virology of the University Hospital submitted to the City of Frankfurt, can be granted. This was announced by Mayor and City Treasurer Uwe Becker and Health Department Director Stefan Majer. The costs of purchasing a fully automatic machine to expand laboratory capacities will be borne by the city.

"Our common goal is to stem the spread of the coronavirus. But to achieve this, we must also protect those people in Frankfurt who stand up for us. The device can be used to test the staff of the police, fire brigade and hospitals, who are particularly at risk every day in their work, quickly, fully automatically and without complications," said Becker. "Together we must take all necessary steps to ensure that our health system can withstand this pandemic."

"We are glad that we were able to guarantee a fast and unbureaucratic expansion of laboratory capacities for the testing of COVID infections for the University Hospital. It is urgently necessary that the samples from the test centres are analysed quickly. The Institute of Virology, as a reference centre, has a particular role to play in testing and scientific analysis," said Majer.

"We are very pleased that the City of Frankfurt has agreed to finance a fully automated system 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 among persons necessary for maintaining 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 from the University Hospital Frankfurt. The costs are borne by the City of Frankfurt.

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