In addition to being a global health crisis and an economic crisis, COVID-19 is fundamentally an information problem of a size and scale the world has never seen before. As with any complex, global information problem, the solution will require intelligent use of data and technology, and the ability for the right parties to come together to create ecosystems of impact.
Founded on the belief that the private sector is a powerful part of the solution, the U.S. Rapid Action Consortium has a clear mission: to safely and effectively reopen the U.S. economy faster. With millions of lives impacted and billions of dollars being lost in economic activity each week, the U.S. Rapid Action Consortium will aim to create a COVID-19 rapid action testing system to better enable U.S. businesses in creating a safer workplace.
The U.S Rapid Action Consortium is an expansion of a successful program led by the Creative Destruction Lab Rapid Screening Consortium (CDL RSC) in Canada. The CDL Rapid Screening Consortium, Covid Collaborative, and Genpact have come together to launch this consortium in the U.S. to rapidly accelerate a safe reopening of the U.S. economy. Leveraging thousands of hours of research, vast quantities of data, and insights from the CDL Rapid Screening Consortium’s pilots across Canada, the U.S. consortium will aim to create and make available testing protocols that are scalable and able to be leveraged by most organizations (regardless of size, location, and facilities), while developing best practices through research, testing, innovation and validation.
Scientists and experts agree that COVID-19 will not be fully eradicated anytime soon, and Rapid Antigen testing, along with other actions, are essential to public and workplace safety. Testing and vaccinations are two critical elements of an effective reopening strategy that will go hand in hand.
The application window for the first cohort of businesses to join the U.S. Rapid Action Consortium is now open. There are a few remaining spots available for companies who share the same desire to safely reopen their in-office operations. The initial founding companies will be at the forefront of developing and scaling best practices in safely returning to work through testing.
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