LUXEMBOURG - Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, testing has been an essential tool in tackling transmission. In order to help protecting our troops and civilian personnel deployed in NATO-led operations, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) delivered two COVID-19 testing laboratories in Afghanistan and Kosovo. So far, the two facilities have conducted over 15,000 tests.
The first testing laboratory was delivered to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan in May 2020. Since then, and until the end of 2020, over 9,300 tests have been conducted among the personnel serving under the 38-nations mission, including service members, civilians, contractors and Afghan workers living on Resolute Support bases.
A second COVID-19 laboratory was delivered and installed at Camp Film City in Pristina (Kosovo) in September 2020. This increased the testing capacity of the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) Mission service members. To date, the two laboratory technicians deployed in Pristina have conducted over 6,000 tests to protect those serving in the mission.