In the past, the Centre has prepared and made available a kit of influenza reagents for laboratories in the Asia-Pacific region to conduct their own initial identification test on virus isolates. The 2019 Influenza Reagent Kit was ready in June 2019 and a large number of kits were sent out at that time.
Due to the lack of demand for the Centre’s kits, this activity will cease after 2019. Leftover 2019 kits that are still within the expiry date will be supplied to laboratories requesting them in 2020 but no new kits will be made. Laboratories requesting kits for 2020 and beyond will need to do so via the International Reagent Resource, who supply a similar kit provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.