MV Agusta donates PCR COVID-19 testing machine to Varese hospitals
MV Agusta, in conjunction with Fondazione Circolo della Bontà Onlus – a local charity that has been raising funds for the coronavirus emergency, has donated a complicated PCR machine, also known as a thermal cycler, to the local Varese hospitals. The PCR machine is used as a diagnostic tool to identify viruses, in this case, the COVID-19 virus that has caused a massive pandemic in Northern Italy.
This particular PCR machine is called a QuantStudio 5 Real-Time PCR System and is produced by British Thermo Fisher Scientific. It can be operated remotely, processing 96 swabs in just 30 minutes, and once the pandemic is over, will be used further to diagnose other illnesses.
Varese is an area on the base of the Alps, near the Swiss border and not far from Milan, where the headquarters of MV Agusta is situated. Timur Sardarov, the CEO of MV Agusta Motor S.p.A., commented: “It is important for us to do our part in this particular moment, supporting those who are working to address this situation and protect our community. Fondazione Circolo della Bontà helped us single-out some critical needs, so we were able to act swiftly and efficiently. We are also keeping in touch with the Varese hospital to identify further opportunities for intervention.”
“We are grateful for this constructive collaboration, and for the support we received from the MV Agusta”, said Gianni Spartà, President of the Circolo della Bontà foundation, “the local community is responding to the situation in a formidable way. The hashtag we launched in 2011, #takecareofwhotakescareofyou, seems today more appropriate than ever”.
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