PRODUCTS & INNOVATION
Abbott's one-of-a-kind program helps keep pace with these threats.
May 15 2018
Why do we need to track HIV and hepatitis viruses?
In a television interview with BBC World News, Dr. John Hackett, Jr. highlights why Abbott has a powerful tool to keep pace with these viruses.
"HIV and hepatitis viruses can evolve to produce different strains at a very rapid rate," said John Hackett, Jr., Ph.D., divisional vice president of applied research and technology for Abbott's Diagnostics business, in an interview on BBC World News. "The challenge that poses to diagnostic tests and blood screening tests is that if new strains emerge, they may not be detected accurately or reliably by these tests. Recognizing this problem, that's why more than 20 years ago, we created the Abbott Viral Surveillance Program—the goal being able to monitor the diversity of these viruses globally and to ensure that the tests we create could reliably detect all strains."
Why focus on the Asia Pacific region?
Hackett spoke with Babita Sharma, BBC World News Anchor, about why Abbott includes the Asia-Pacific region in the company’s Global Surveillance Program:
Click on the file below to hear the full interview.*
*This video file was posted with permission from BBC World News.
1. Population. United Nations. http://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/population/
2. HIV and AIDS in Asia and the Pacific: Regional overview. AVERT. https://www.avert.org/professionals/hiv-around-world/asia-pacific/overview
3. Hepatitis. Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific. http://www.cevhap.org/index.php/en/about-viral-hepatitis/hepatitis
i-STAT in the Medical Tent
Hands on Experience
Please be aware that the website you have requested is intended for the residents of a particular country or region, as noted on that site. As a result, the site may contain information on pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other products or uses of those products that are not approved in other countries or regions.
The website you have requested also may not be optimized for your specific screen size.
Links which take you out of Abbott worldwide websites are not under the control of Abbott, and Abbott is not responsible for the contents of any such site or any further links from such site. Abbott is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Abbott.
The website that you have requested also may not be optimized for your screen size.