The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on unprecedented health and economic challenges to policymakers globally. Development of vaccines, understandably, has become the focal point of most countries to decrease the mortality rates and control the spread of disease. However, supplementing vaccine roll-out with effective testing approaches remains essential to control transmission, survey transmission rate, and monitor vaccine efficacy.
APACMed hosted a webinar on 31st March 2021 to discuss the critical role of diagnostics in COVID-19 management. The event was timely given the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and continuously evolving policies to contain the spread across the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Testing has been successfully used to reduce the strain on healthcare systems and contain the spread of the virus and remains central to good management of the pandemic alongside ongoing vaccine dissemination and the gradual re-opening of economies in the APAC region and globally.