05/14/2021: Lab Update: Join the Next Clinical Laboratory COVID-19 Response Call on Monday, May 17 at 3:00 PM ET

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Individuals Performing COVID-19 Testing

Level: Laboratory Update:

On Monday, May 17, 2021 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET, CDC’s Division of Laboratory Systems will host a call to discuss hot topics and to solicit the laboratory community’s questions about the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Clinical Laboratory COVID-19 Response Calls take place every other week and last for one hour. Please note that the May 31 call is canceled due to the Memorial Day holiday; the next call is scheduled for Monday, June 14.

Please see below for agenda and Zoom information. Attendance for this call is limited to 5,000 participants, but audio, transcripts, and slides will be posted online by the following Monday.

To submit a question for consideration, email DLSinquiries@cdc.gov in advance or use the Question & Answer (Q&A) function in Zoom during the call.

For more information, visit the Clinical Laboratory COVID-19 Response Call website.

For questions, contact us at LOCS@cdc.gov.

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  • Welcome
    Jasmine Chaitram, CDC Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS)
  • Antigen Testing Guidance
    Muktha Natrajan, CDC Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS)
  • Biosafety Guidance Update
    Aufra C. Araujo, CDC Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS)
  • SARS-CoV-2 Variants Update
    Steve Oberste, CDC Laboratory and Testing Task Force for the COVID-19 Response
  • How the Federal Government is Addressing Laboratory Supply Issues
    Steven Santos, HHS Testing and Diagnostics Workgroup
    Matthew Hubbard, HHS Testing and Diagnostics Workgroup
  • FDA Update
    Tim Stenzel, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

May 17, 2021 Meeting Materials

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Slides »

Zoom Information

To Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

URL: https://cdc.zoomgov.com/j/1606392851?pwd=YVE3WEQrbC9VOXRlZ1lUSUg3SGJFQT09

Passcode: 048861a!

To Join by Phone:

Dial US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666

Webinar ID: 160 639 2851

Passcode: 47503769

International numbers available: https://cdc.zoomgov.com/u/abvYp6DjgP

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