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HSP Fellow Dr. Osama Shareef Continues to Help Iraq Conduct Testing For COVID-19 with VTM

In Iraq, HSP Fellow Dr. Osama Shareef and his team continue to help their country’s Ministry of Health to conduct diagnostic PCR testing for suspected COVID-19 cases. Viral Transport Media (VTM), used to maintain specimen quality during transport for testing, is currently unavailable in Iraq through local vendors. Dr. Osama and his team prepared their own VTM using available WHO protocols and conducted tests for quality assurance before sharing it with hospitals and specimen collection clinics, such as the Coronavirus Center in Halabja City. Increased quality assured diagnostic testing is vital to identify and control the spread of the pandemic in Iraq.

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