05/16/2022: Lab Advisory: HHS to Discontinue Providing Viral Transport Media to States and Jurisdictions

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Laboratories and Facilities that Perform COVID-19 Testing

Level: Laboratory Advisory

Effective May 23, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will no longer distribute viral transport media (VTM) to states and jurisdictions. Laboratories and testing facilities that receive supplies from their state health departments should note these changes and plan accordingly.

States and jurisdictions that currently receive weekly allotments will continue to receive VTM shipments until May 23, 2022. The final, complete Office of Global Affairs (OGA) VTM order is scheduled for the week of June 6, 2022. Distribution of nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs will continue uninterrupted.

The federal government continues to work closely with manufacturers to ensure that the nation’s supply of COVID-19 related supplies is not disrupted.

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