07/23/2020: Lab Advisory: CDC Publishes Primers and Probes for Research Use Only SARS-CoV-2 Multiplex Assay

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Subject: Lab Advisory: CDC Publishes Primers and Probes for Research Use Only SARS-CoV-2 Multiplex Assay

Level: Laboratory Advisory

CDC recently published the primers and probes for the Research Use Only Influenza SARS-CoV-2 (Flu SC2) Multiplex Assay, a real-time RT-PCR test that detects and differentiates RNA from SARS-CoV-2, influenza A virus, and influenza B virus in upper or lower respiratory specimens. These sequences are useful for manufacturers who intend to make their own primers and probes. Emergency Use Authorization (EUAexternal icon) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will need to be obtained if the primers and probes will be used for viral diagnostic testing of patient specimens.

For general information on the Influenza SARS-CoV-2 Multiplex Assay, refer to the CDC Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 for Laboratories.

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The Laboratory Outreach Communication System

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Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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Page last reviewed: July 23, 2020