On 4 May, Dr Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, PWR for Jamaica, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, handed over the latest donation of two extractor kits and enzymes to Dr Michelle Hamilton, Director of the National Laboratory Service, to maintain testing capacity for the COVID-19 virus.
The kits are essential to the testing process as they extract the nucleic acid from the virus, the first step in a complex process to test for infection.
“Without these extractor kits, testing would not be possible”, explained Dr Hamilton.
Extractor kits are just some of the essential equipment experiencing global shortages as countries compete for limited supply.
Dr Gandi highlighted that testing is essential to the COVID-19 response and stressed that global shortages of essential testing equipment were causing delays in the response.