health canada approves rapid covid test

Health Canada approves rapid COVID-19 test that produces results in minutes

Health Canada has officially approved a new rapid COVID-19 nasal swab that can give Canadians results in mere minutes. 

On Tuesday, the federal government announced that it was planning to purchase 7.9 million tests along with 3,800 million analyzing devices from Abbott Rapid Diagnostics

The test, however, first needed approval by Health Canada, which was granted on Wednesday.

The Abbott Laboratories molecular devices can be administered by a professional in places like pharmacies and do not need a laboratory to determine if someone has been infected with COVID-19.

The selling point, of course, is that they can produce results in 15 minutes.

This comes as the country was receiving backlash for not have a more efficient way of testing people for the infection.

To date, the majority of tests have been done at public health clinics, with samples then being sent to laboratories for analysis. This process typically took days.

Public Service and Procurement Minister Anita Anand said on Tuesday said that the purchase of these new and improved tests were to help cities that are facing hours-long lines at testing centres.

The FDA has previously said that the test should be administered within the first seven days of the osnet of coronavirus symptoms. 

Lead photo by

Governor Tom Wolf

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