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Forum discusses research agenda for SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid diagnostic tests

Participants identify key questions to take technical and programmatic research forward.

ACT-Accelerator diagnostic pillar partners joined in a virtual forum to discuss the development of a collaborative operational research agenda for SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid diagnostic tests (Ag-RDTs). 

The forum, held on 29 October 2020, was organized around three breakout groups according to three thematic areas for SARS-CoV-2 Ag-RDTs:

  • Technical research
  • Programmatic research
  • Modelling

Group participants focused on understanding the performance of Ag-RDTs when implemented in real-world settings and across specific populations. 

Priority questions

  • Performance
  • Use cases
  • Samples
  • Bio-safety
  • Quality control
  • Training and delivery
  • Economics and cost.

Participants discussed steps to advance the Ag-RDT research agenda and agreed that there should be multiple future discussions on this. 

Read the report here

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