Virus Stabilization Tube

To deal with the COVID-19 crisis, healthcare systems worldwide are working at full speed to test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, a shortage of viral transport media has created a need for alternatives. Greiner Bio-One has brought to market the VACUETTE® Virus Stabilization Tube that supports the safe transport and storage of specimens.

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About the VACUETTE® Virus Stabilization Tube:

  • Primary container for the safe transport and storage of swab specimens
  • Manufactured according to Greiner Bio-One hygienic standards
  • Sterile, non-evacuated PET tube with phosphate buffered saline solution
  • Allows for storage of SARS-CoV-2 swab specimens for up to 72h at 4°C
  • CE-marked
  • Equipped with screw cap

Interested in Purchasing the Virus Stabilization Tube?

Click the "Request More Information" button to complete an information request form. This will provide your Greiner Bio-One Account Manager with the necessary details to respond to your inquiry.

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Viral Stabilization Tube Handling Recommendations

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PBS as an Alternative to Transport Media

The FDA has recommended the use of phosphate buffered saline (PBS), in instances where typical transport media is not available, as an acceptable alternative to stabilize specimens within the transport tubes being sent to the lab for subsequent testing during this emergency situation. These transport tubes also allow for storage for up to 72h at 4°C. This means of transport will vastly improve the access to testing because PBS is more readily available than media.

Manufacturers, like Greiner Bio-One, are able to transition production from blood collection tubes to PBS-filled, sterile tubes on a large scale to help reduce the shortage of specimen collection supplies for molecular testing, which remains the recommended method for diagnosis of COVID-19.  Access to supplies such as the VACUETTE® Viral Stabilization Tube will help to alleviate some of the barriers to testing for SARS-CoV-2 that laboratories are experiencing. As the manufacturing of test methods and the necessary supplies increases, and more people are able to be tested, the United States will be one step closer to containing this pandemic.

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Virus Stabilization Tube

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