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Health Canada approves first rapid antigen COVID-19 test

Health Canada has approved the Panbio COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test Device manufactured by US-based Abbott Laboratories, which can give results in fewer than 20 minutes. It is the first rapid antigen test approved in Canada, amidst political pressure for more widespread testing options. The test is considered suitable for point-of-care use, meaning it can be administered by trained professionals in pharmacies, doctors offices and other settings, and doesn’t require the use of a lab to generate results. The antigen test is considered less accurate than the current testing process used across Canada.

Published: October 6, 2020


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