To enable routine monitoring for COVID-19 infections, the VCDI has established a technically robust, cost-effective, and scalable RT-qPCR testing pipeline based on standard laboratory equipment.
To share our experience and current setup, we have compiled a complete standard operating procedure (SOP) describing all components of our pipeline:
Since its establishment, the VCDI testing pipeline has been successfully applied for various SARS-CoV-2 monitoring projects, e.g. for the routine testing of staff members at several partner institutes and a pilot screening project at 11 schools in Vienna. In parallel, we are constantly optimizing protocol steps (e.g. to further increase the throughput of our pipeline). Updates will be shared on this website.