ABOVE: An aerial view of the first Huo-Yan Air Lab with five pods at the China National GeneBank in Shenzhen

The first Huo-Yan Air Lab, an inflatable, portable laboratory equipped with a medical waste exhaust system, qPCR instruments, gene sequencers, and other COVID-19 nucleic acid detection technology, was installed outside the China National GeneBank in Shenzhen this month, according to a BGI press release

The easily transportable structure is intended to help ramp up virus testing and screening infrastructure, and features separate areas for various steps in collection and analysis, according to the statement, as well as a bathroom and ventilation system that prevents contamination.

Covering an area of roughly 400 square meters, the facility can process 5,000 to 10,000 samples per day, says the release.

The first Huo-Yan Air Lab was installed at the front of the China National GeneBank in Shenzhen on April 3.

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