AACC survey finds widespread shortage of COVID-19 testing supplies

By LabPulse.com staff writers

July 30, 2020 -- Nearly half of U.S. clinical laboratories still do not have the supplies they need to run COVID-19 tests, according to a new survey conducted by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).

In partnership with data analytics firm Edgeworth Analytics, the AACC has surveyed clinical labs during three different time periods -- May 1-24, June 1-5, and June 24-July 6 -- to determine the full extent of supply shortages over the course of the pandemic. They found that supply shortages have persisted over the last few months.

In new survey, 46% of all responding labs reported that they are still unable to obtain COVID-19 testing supplies. Image courtesy of the AACC.

In May, 58% of all surveyed labs reported problems getting supplies, and in early July, 46% indicated that they were still having problems. What's more, 25% of labs reported in early July that they could not process all requested COVID-19 tests in a week, an increase over the 21% of respondents who reported that issue in May, according to the AACC.

The full survey results can be found on the AACC's website.

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