BIOCEV’s statement regarding the contemplated involvement of scientific and research centres in SARS-CoV-2 testing
Update, March 19th - In relation to media reports and declarations made by political and academic representatives, we would like to inform you that BIOCEV – the Biotechnology and Biomedicine Centre of the Academy of Sciences and Charles University in Vestec is currently not able to participate in collecting patient samples without being authorized by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
Samples can only be collected at official points designated by the Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Public Health. The list of such workplaces is provided HERE
If BIOCEV laboratories were to get involved, they would most likely be in charge of analysing samples collected at official collection centres, using its unique instrumentation and qualified staff, as a form of providing help to those examining samples of indicated cases (doctors, public health officers).
Increasing capacities to test the presence of new coronavirus is an essential measure to handle the current emergency situation and the involvement of science and research centres is a logical solution to address the issue of missing instrumentation.
Any attempt to contact or even visit BIOCEV by persons who are showing symptoms of the infection is irrelevant and irresponsible!
If the situation changes, we will inform you on our website.
For further inquiries, please use the contacts provided on the website of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic or call the information line of the National Institute of Public Health at: +420 724 810 106 / +420 725 191 367 / +420 725 191 370
Update - In connection with Government Resolution No. 247 of March 18, 2020, all persons are prohibited from moving and staying in all places outside their residence, without respiratory protective equipment.