Antigen testing trial kicks off in Baguio

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    THE Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has given the Department of Health (DOH) the green light to proceed with the pilot test of the antigen testing in Baguio City.

    In a virtual press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said: “We presented our protocol to the IATF-EID for the pilot use of antigen testing in Baguio City.

    This was approved and will begin already,” said Vergeire on Wednesday.

    On Thursday, the DOH said the pilot test in Baguio City shall commence tentatively on October 1 and will run for two weeks.

    Vergeire has earlier said that Baguio City has been selected as the host of the antigen testing pilot test because “it has an efficient contact tracing system, effective management and governance as far as COVID-19 response is concerned, and their local officials have evident political commitment.”

    The pilot test activity will coincide with the planned start of Baguio City’s “travel bubble” concept.

    An antigen test reveals if a person is currently infected with a pathogen, such as COVID-19. It is done by capturing nasopharyngeal or nasal swab specimens of an individual with the results to be expected in approximately 15 minutes.