Health Canada approves new rapid COVID-19 test for use

Health Canada approves new rapid COVID-19 test for use

Rapid antigen tests are available for sale online but these are the first to meet the WHO's specifications.

In a news release in March, Abbott said its antigen nasal swab test will produce a positive result in as little as five minutes and a negative result in about 13 minutes.

The tests will initially be rolled out in up to 20 countries in Africa starting in October.

Testing is critical for the global COVID-19 response and rapid tests to detect the presence of the virus at the point of care, which are also cheaper, are vital in containing COVID-19.

The Warrington-based testing firm said it believes the kit to be the first of its kind to be made available to companies across the United Kingdom to help them amid limited testing availability.

The ACT Accelerator is a new, groundbreaking global collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.

It's not rapid enough for provinces where cases are surging and people are waiting hours in line to get tested and sometimes more than a week to get their results. "This will be more than double the number of tests already performed", he said, announcing the plan in the White House Rose Garden.

"We have an agreement, we have seed funding and now we need the full amount of funds to buy these tests", World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference.

Saliva tests are being trialled in Salford and Southampton, while DnaNudge, which uses a swab read by a Nudgebox, is in use in some NHS hospitals. The tests are simple to use and cost-effective.

The agency says it has approved the Abbott Diagnostics ID Now test, just one day after the feds signed a deal to buy almost eight-million of the tests. This includes the provision of catalytic volumes of tests to understand how Ag RDTs can best fit into health systems.

This multi-million-dollar intervention, now undergoing final sign-off by their respective boards, is created to engage multiple partners active in Covid-19 response in different countries.

They would be particularly useful in remote settings and to investigate clusters quickly and bring them under control and in areas with widespread community transmission.

Chief Executive Officer of the Gates Foundation, Mark Suzman, said: "Testing is an essential tool in the fight against COVID-19".

"This will enable low- and middle-income countries to begin to close the dramatic gap in testing".

"From the very beginning, we've worked with all the provincial authorities, all Health Canada experts to ensure that the products we're approving here in Canada are done quickly, but are also safe for Canadians", Trudeau said.

Mr Sands said high-income countries are now carrying out 292 tests per day per 100,000 people, while the lowest-income countries were conducting just 14 per 100,000 people.

"We've been looking at those submissions, we've been working with them on a case-by-case basis as we go through that process". "We see the pressure of supply building rapidly".

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