The World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered 150 medical ventilators and 100 highly efficient real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) thermal cyclers to the Islamic Republic of Iran to further support the country's health system in its emergency response to the spread of COVID. 19. This was reported by the Iranian agency IRNA on October 18.
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PCR testing is the standard in diagnosing patients suspected of having a coronavirus infection. The emergence of new devices worth more than $ 2.8 million, purchased with contributions from Germany and other international partners, will increase the potential of the country's laboratory network. The network currently performs an average of 27,000 PCR tests daily.
“Expanding testing capacity is essential to detect cases at an earlier stage and track those who come into contact with those who become ill, which can help to control transmission early and effectively treat patients,” said Christoph Hamelman, WHO Representative in Iran.