Forbes January 19, 2022
Bruce Japsen

Walgreens has launched its own Covid-19 surveillance system to help identify the spread of virus variants across the U.S. in “near real-time,” the company said Wednesday.

The drugstore giant said the Covid-19 index will be updated from PCR tests administered by Walgreens and analyzed by its laboratory testing partner, Aegis Sciences. The two companies hope their surveillance will help with existing government and public health department efforts to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

“Data regarding spread of variants is important to our understanding of viral transmission and, as new variants emerge, it will be critical to continue to track this information quickly to predict which communities are most at risk,” Dr. Matthew Hardison, senior vice president of lab operations at Aegis...

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Topics: Govt Agencies, Healthcare System, Patient / Consumer, Pharma, Pharma / Biotech, Provider, Public Health / COVID
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