Armed with its new Covid lab, Mount Sinai vies for city vaccination contract

Having expanded its Covid-19 testing lab, Mount Sinai is gunning for a contract that would provide testing services to the city’s schools, it announced Tuesday.

Earlier this year the health system established the Mount Sinai Covid Lab with Hell’s Kitchen–based Pershing Square Foundation, a nonprofit organization tackling social issues, as part of a pilot program to provide saliva-based testing for charter schools. The foundation provided $500,000 to launch that program, said Dr. David Reich, president of Mount Sinai Hospital.

In April the foundation provided an undisclosed grant for Mount Sinai to expand the lab, Reich said. It moved to Mount Sinai Beth Israel in Gramercy Park, in which it occupies about

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