Since COVID-19 reached the U.S., AACC’s members—who are lab experts on the frontlines of testing for the virus—have reported that persistent shortages of essential supplies are hindering labs from reaching their full testing capacity for COVID-19. In response to these concerns, AACC is conducting an ongoing study to determine the full extent of these supply shortages and how they are changing as the pandemic progresses, in the hopes that this data can help inform a potential solution.
For the study, AACC has so far surveyed clinical labs worldwide about this issue during three different time periods: May 1-24, June 1-5, and June 24-July 6. The results show a troubling trend—namely, that nearly half of all responding labs still do not have the supplies they need to run COVID-19 tests.
Figure 1: 46% of all responding labs are still unable to obtain COVID-19 testing supplies.
Figure 2: COVID-19 test kits and reagents—the chemicals used to perform these tests—are the supplies that labs are having the most difficulty procuring.
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AACC presented these findings to the White House Coronavirus Task Force on July 28 in a letter that calls on the federal government to take a more active role in alleviating this problem.
We are also continuing to collect data on this issue and will regularly update the information on this page to reflect the evolving nature of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as AACC’s latest efforts to use this data to shape the direction of public policy.
Participate in the Survey
If your laboratory would like to participate in AACC’s future COVID-19 testing surveys, please contact Caitlin Ondracek, PhD, AACC Associate Director of Science and Practice Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are also welcome to send any feedback on the survey to Dr. Ondracek.
More About the Survey
AACC has partnered on this project with Edgeworth Analytics, a leading data analytics firm of PhD economists who use proven methods of gathering, structuring, and analyzing data to make results accessible and maximize insights.
Participants in the survey include laboratory directors among AACC’s membership as well as participants in AACC's COVID-19 Testing Directory, and they represent both hospital/public health labs and commercial/reference labs.
- During the May 1-24 period, 100 labs responded to the full survey; during the June 1-5 period, 33 labs responded; and during the June 24-July 6 period, 53 labs responded.
- In response to the question about whether labs were having difficulty obtaining COVID-19 supplies, 69 labs answered during the May 1-24 period; 31 labs answered from June 1-5; and 50 labs answered from June 24-July 6 (as shown in Figure 1 above).
- In response to the question about which supplies labs were having difficulty procuring, 24 labs responded during the June 24-July 6 period (as shown in Figure 2 above).
Collected laboratory information is not associated with specific contact information and participants were allowed to opt out at any point.