XpresSpa Group™ Receives Approval for a $2 Million Program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Biosurveillance Tracking in Collaboration with Concentric by Ginkgo at Three Major U.S. Airports
Eight-Week Pilot Program Focuses on Identifying New SARS-CoV-2 Variants Entering the
Initially launching at three major international airports:
Major Lab Collaboration with Concentric by Ginkgo
Potential for Future Expansion into Additional Major Airports
“For the past year, XpresCheck has played a significant role in safeguarding airports and air travel by conducting convenient, on-site COVID-19 testing for travelers, airline and airport employees. We are excited to be working with the
Passengers will be offered a free PCR test, which will be combined with 5-10 other samples and sent to a lab network to determine the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If the presence of the virus is detected in the pooled sample, the pathogens in those samples will be genomically sequenced to identify the presence of any new variants, such as the Delta variant.
“CDC is collaborating with partners at XpresCheck and
The Delta variant, previously known as the B.1.617.2 variant, has contributed to a surge of COVID-19 cases and has already spread across the globe. It is believed this variant may spread even more quickly than the B.1.1.7 variant, also known as Alpha, which was first identified in the
XpresCheck’s collaboration with Concentric by Ginkgo will feature two testing modalities for passengers that enter the
“Monitoring of disease spread through our travel infrastructure in conjunction with the use of viral genome sequencing to detect novel variants is a powerful tool in the ongoing public health battle against COVID-19 and dangerous infectious diseases worldwide. With this program, we can proactively identify hotspots and viral variants enabling decision making in the case that vaccine-resistant or easily transmitted strains emerge,” said
Traveler participation will be critical and airline partners like United Airlines and Air India, which handle much of the inbound traffic from
Funding for this project is made possible (in part) by the
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