Friday, April 24, 2020

New National COVID Testing Plan: Rockefeller Foundation

On April 9, McClellan, Gottlieb, and coauthors at the Margolis Institute at Duke released a national testing plan for COVID, including the rollout of serology testing.  Here.

On April 23, another plan.  This is a 30-page plan and report from Rockefeller Foundation.  See the home page here, the 30 page PDF here.

The plan has the most dramatic expansion of testing I have seen, reaching 30M per week.

The authors summarize,
Our National Covid-19 Testing Action Plan lays out the precise steps necessary to enact robust testing, tracing, and coordination to more safely reopen our economy – starting with a dramatic expansion of testing from 1 million tests per week to initially 3 million per week and then 30 million per week, backed by an Emergency Network for Covid-19 Testing to coordinate and underwrite the testing market, a public-private testing technology accelerator, and a national initiative to rapidly expand and optimize the use of U.S., university, and local lab capacity. 
The plan also includes: launching a Covid Community Healthcare Corps so every American can easily get tested with privacy-centric contact tracing; a testing data commons and digital platform to track Covid-19 statuses, resources, and effective treatment protocols across states and be a clearinghouse for data on new technologies; and a Pandemic Testing Board, in line with other recommendations, to bridge divides across governmental jurisdictions and professional fields.
Not the main point, but it's pretty unusual in English to see a 160-word explanation divided into only two sentences, in this case by the lonely period appearing after the term "lab capacity."