NATO is launching a practical scientific project to develop new tools for a rapid and accurate diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection, and is led by scientists on the front line of COVID-19 research from Italy’s Istituto Superiore di Sanità (National Health Institute) and Tor Vergata University Hospital together with the University Hospital of Basel University in Switzerland. This 24-month initiative aims to enhance the speed and efficiency of COVID-19 diagnosis through a multidisciplinary approach, by bringing together experts in the field of immunology, virology and molecular biology.

““This project also stresses the dedication of Allies to support each other, as well as partners, in times of crisis; and while the expected results of this project are extremely relevant to the situation the world currently finds itself in, we look forward to the long-term impact it will have on the international response to naturally occurring and man-made viruses and pathogens. This project will also represent a model for quick measures to counteract epidemics.” said Dr. Antonio Missiroli, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges.

This multi-year project is launched within the framework of NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, within which new technologies and capabilities relevant to the fight against COVID-19 are developed. These are mainly in the fields of telemedicine, emergency response coordination, and the detection of biological threats.