Serving science in the battle against COVID-19

As the world leader in serving science, Thermo Fisher Scientific is helping our customers respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways. Here you’ll find information, news and resources to learn about our products and services that are vital to how we help you understand, diagnose and protect from COVID-19.

 

Thermo Fisher Scientific COVID-19 Message

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. The global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a powerful reminder of the importance of that mission. We are profoundly aware of our obligations to help ensure the safety of our colleagues, continue supporting our customers and leverage our capabilities to address this rapidly evolving public health crisis.

Thermo Fisher is at the heart of the global response to COVID-19. We are working with government agencies and researchers to ensure priority access to instruments, consumables, safety supplies and other products to address the outbreak–particularly in analysis of the virus, diagnosis and personal protection.

We know you rely on us as an essential partner to support your work now more than ever.

Thermo Fisher's COVID-19 Global Response


 

COVID-19 Related Products & Services

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See how Thermo Fisher is supporting the clinical trial needs of our customers and the patients they serve during the COVID-19 outbreak

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 Learn how Thermo Fisher is supporting the contract development and manufacturing needs of pharma and biotech companies through COVID-19 to ensure the delivery of medicines to patients

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End-to-end research solutions for SARS-CoV-2 from pathogen detection and epidemiological studies to potential vaccine development

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Learn how targeted NGS enables fast, accurate SARS-CoV-2 variant detection, viral typing and epidemiological research

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Find out how Thermo Fisher can support vaccine developers and manufacturers with bioprocessing solutions as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak

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View our portfolio of products and remote service options for your SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) research needs

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Lab data management for your COVID-19 vaccine R&D and QA/QC. Integrated data management solutions enable compliance with regulations and good manufacturing practices while ensuring complete traceability and helping to reduce time to clinical filing.

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Researchers are currently investigating the role HLA variation plays in a patient's risk for developing COVID-19. One Lambda's AllTypetm FASTplextm NGS HLA Genotyping Assay delivers high-resolution genotyping for Class I and Class II HLA loci with a fast, efficient workflow. This product is for research purposes only and not for use in diagnostic procedures.​

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Evolving descriptive studies has shown that Procalcitonin can be an additional valuable tool in the current COVID-19 pandemic to early identify patients at low risk for bacterial coinfection and adverse outcome.

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The Fisher Scientific channel keeps science moving forward by offering over 2 million products and extensive support services to the scientific research, health care and science education markets. We are actively responding to the COVID-19 outbreak by working closely with our supplier partners, validating alternative sources of supply, monitoring our supply chains and expediting freight modes wherever possible to increase our inventories of critical products.

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Customer Resources

Learn more about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as our preparedness to continue to support our customers during this global health crisis:


 

Thermo Fisher Scientific In the News

May 13, 2020

Thermo Fisher Scientific's Support of COVID-19 Response Continues to Expand with U.S. Government Contract for Products Used in Sample Collection

 



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May 13, 2020

Thermo Fisher Scientific Response to COVID-19 Expands to Include New Serology Test

Collaboration with WuXi Diagnostics and Mayo Clinic on serology test will complement Thermo Fisher's widely adopted TaqPath COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test



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May 12, 2020

FDA Further Expands EUA for Thermo Fisher Scientific's COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests

Authorization brings more instruments on line, enables workflow flexibility and simplifies methods to increase throughput and allow more labs to run tests



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Apr 29, 2020

Thermo Fisher Scientific commits to rapidly expanding testing capacity from 5 to 10 million tests per week

 



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Apr 2, 2020

How Does a Coronovirus Test Work?

We've been hearing quite a bit about test kits the past few weeks, but have you ever wondered how they work? This is a great, easy to understand explanation of the science behind a COVID-19 test from one of our experts on the topic.



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Mar 31, 2020

Thermo Fisher Scientific Launches New AcroMetrix Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) RNA Control (RUO)

To monitor and validate COVID-19 molecular diagnostic tests



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March 26, 2020

Thermo Fisher Scientific Receives CE Mark for its Diagnostic Test to Detect COVID-19

Test will now be available for qualified laboratories across the European Union.



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March 25, 2020

Italian Researchers Identify New SARS-CoV-2 Gene Variants That Provide Clues to Coronavirus's Epidemiology

Scientists say early data, generated with new NGS research panel from Thermo Fisher Scientific, suggest coronavirus is genetically stable, and could increase the effectiveness of vaccines in development.



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March 16, 2020

FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization to Thermo Fisher for Diagnostic Test Used to Detect COVID-19

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO), the world leader in serving science, announced that on March 13, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for its diagnostic test that can be used immediately by CLIA high-complexity laboratories in the U.S. to detect nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and not for any other viruses or pathogens.



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March 16, 2020

Thermo Fisher CEO Marc Casper Addresses Approval for COVID-19 Test Kits on CNBC’s Mad Money



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Feb 19, 2020

Podcast: Fighting Coronavirus: Confirming and Containing an Outbreak

As the coronavirus continues to spread, doctors, scientists and health agencies are racing to contain the outbreak. Listen to hear how they are using scientific technologies to detect, prevent and develop a vaccine for this respiratory syndrome.



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Frequently Asked Questions


Thermo Fisher is at the heart of the global response to COVID-19. We are working with government agencies and researchers globally to ensure priority access to instruments, consumables, safety supplies and other products to address the outbreak–particularly in analysis of the virus, diagnosis and personal protection.

Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer, and the COVID-19 outbreak is a powerful reminder of the importance of that mission. We are profoundly aware of our obligations to ensure the safety of our colleagues, continue supporting our customers and leverage our capabilities to address the public health crisis.

See the section titled "COVID-19 Related Products & Services" above for links to solutions from pathogen detection and epidemiological studies to potential vaccine development.

We are closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation for any potential impact on our business to help ensure we can continue to manufacture and deliver the products and services our customers rely on. This includes carefully managing our inventory, production and supply chains.

At the present time, we are not experiencing any significant supply issues for most of our products.

Personal protective equipment is in limited supply due to increased demand. We are working with our manufacturers to secure supply and prioritize shipments for those customers directly involved in containing the spread of COVID-19. This includes first responders, health care workers and customers supporting patient testing and vaccine development. Our core PPE suppliers are providing daily updates and doing everything possible to support us. We are also working with an expanded group of suppliers globally to increase our inventories, validating alternative sources of supply and expediting freight modes wherever possible, but recovery will take time.

We are committed to keeping you informed of any changes that could affect timelines for the delivery of products or services we provide to you.

We know you rely on us as an essential partner to support your work now more than ever. We are committed to continuing our operations and serving your needs throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

Our approach involves a globally coordinated response, comprehensive site preparedness, employee training and communication, and robust business continuity planning:

  • We have established Incident Response Teams at the corporate level and in key regions to immediately address suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus that could impact colleagues at our sites. These teams have established protocols to help site leadership escalate appropriately and manage through any issues in a consistent and planful way.
  • We are working closely with governments and suppliers to navigate any locally imposed quarantines or restrictions so our sites can remain operational, given the importance of our role is supporting the COVID-19 response and the health care system in general.
  • All of our sites are following enhanced cleaning protocols, visitor policies and stringent preventative measures.
  • We are restricting travel, encouraging remote work, and instituting social distancing and hygiene protocols.
  • All of our operations globally have business continuity plans in place, and we are continually reviewing them, prioritizing orders and shipments for those customers directly involved in containing the spread of COVID-19.
  • We are working with suppliers globally to secure continuity of raw materials and critical components, and to facilitate the movement of goods across borders and using available modes of transport.

Our measures have been developed in line with guidance from the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local government agencies. We’ve also convened a panel of global medical experts to give us advice and serve as a sounding board for new protocols and guidance as we roll them out.

We continue to closely monitor this rapidly evolving situation and any potential impact on our business to ensure we can continue to manufacture and deliver the products and services our customers rely on.

You can learn more about our approach to business continuity by viewing our presentation: Navigating the Coronavirus Outbreak.

We are working closely with local governments and suppliers to navigate any locally imposed quarantines or restrictions so our sites can remain operational, given the importance of our role in supporting the COVID-19 response and the health care system in general.

Shipments in and out of China have a delay, on average, of about 3-5 days. Shipping capacity within China is recovering after a steep reduction for several weeks. However, we have still been able to manage urgent shipments.

We continue to monitor our supply chain as it relates to China and other parts of Asia and address any challenges so we can continue to support our customers.

Unprecedented demand surges are extending normal lead times in a few main product categories. We can confirm lead times and allocations when customers place orders for these products through their normal channels:

  • PPE – we, as well as all of our PPE suppliers, are in allocation mode and currently unable to confirm lead times
  • Microbiologic swab kits – our sites and supplier sites are at maximum capacity, with an increasing backlog, requiring allocation of supplies
  • Other COVID-19 related materials – we are allocating due to urgent demands
  • Diagnostic accessories and general lab research products from our Fisher Scientific and Fisher Healthcare channels – due to the large size of those portfolios, we will work with customers on lead times or alternate products

We are taking our guidance from the CDC and the WHO. While survivability of the virus on various surfaces is not fully understood, according to these agencies, there is currently no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods. You can find the latest information from the CDC and the WHO as it becomes available.

Our goals during this global health challenge are to protect our colleagues while continuing to support our customers, and to do our part to limit the spread of the virus. We instituted a global travel ban for all of our colleagues around the world through April 15, 2020, at which time we will reassess the situation.

We are also limiting meetings, restricting visitors at our sites, and encouraging work-from-home situations where possible. In lieu of face-to-face meetings, we are leveraging various technology solutions, which are working well. Essential customer support activities (i.e., field service calls, etc.) continue as usual.

Our teams are working around the clock to ramp-up production given the unprecedented nature of this situation and the global demand for tests. We are monitoring all orders and working with customers to help ensure we are getting tests out to areas where there is the greatest need from a public health perspective. We are encouraging customers to use existing email and phone contacts for customer support so our teams can answer any specific questions they have about their order.

As of March 25, 2020, our Applied Biosystems TaqPath COVID-19 Combo Kit has received designated approvals in the U.S., European Economic Area*, Canada, Singapore, India, Australia and New Zealand. We are working with other governments to make it more broadly available. We also have a number of other COVID-19 related solutions that are available to customers globally and intended for research use only.

* The European Economic Area includes the European Union (EU)—Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden—and the following countries: United Kingdom (UK), Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Turkey.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is providing clinical testing laboratories with the necessary equipment to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19. By law, we cannot provide any individuals with test kits. These are complex diagnostic tests that can only be performed in approved clinical laboratories. Please refer to your local public health authorities for test availability, or visit the CDC or WHO websites for additional information.



 

COVID-19 Inquiries

Products from Thermo Fisher Scientific that are related to COVID-19 are regulated and only available to clinical and diagnostic laboratories. If you are a consumer looking for a COVID-19 test, please see your health care provider for medical advice. For additional COVID-19 information, visit the CDC or WHO sites.

For product, availability, and shipping information please use the existing features of www.thermofisher.com and www.fishersci.com

For media and PR inquires please go here.

 

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