Health Canada Approved the First Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Testing Kit

Health Canada today approved another COVID-19 rapid test kit called the Panbio COVID-19 Rapid Test, which is distributed and sold by the US-based Abbott Laboratories, and the federal government has agreed to purchase more than 20.5 million of these test kits. This device can give a result in less than 20 minutes and is also the first antigen device approved for use in Canada.

The test kit is advertised as a solution for mass testing in unfocused facilities. Health Canada allows the test kit to be used on-site, meaning it can be used by professionals trained in pharmacies, walk-in clinics, or doctor’s offices.

While the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of two antigen test devices last month, Health Canada reluctantly stamped its approval of such test suites.

Ontario public health experts and Ontario Premier Doug Ford have been urging regulators to offer more testing options as the province is struggling with long queues for hours. tests at hospital testing centers and the backlog of tens of thousands of samples that need testing.

Last week, Health Canada approved another Abbott rapid test, called ID NOW, a molecular test kit that has been used at President Donald Trump’s White House to screen staff since. April.

According to Abbott, Panbio is designed to provide “preliminary test results” and a negative result from the test kit does not mean that there is no SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The company warns that such an examination “cannot be used as the sole basis for treatment or other management decisions.

The test has been used in major Western countries, such as France, where it is used to quickly identify people who have been infected in airports or hospital reception areas. Rapid antigen tests – depending on the device, using a substance collected from a swab or throat swab sample – do not require the use of a laboratory to produce a result.

Although much faster, these tests are considered to be less accurate than the “gold standard”, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test procedure currently used across Canada. If done properly, PCR tests are highly accurate, identifying positive cases close to 100% all the time.

Antigen tests, which detect the presence of viral proteins in a biological sample, are also considered to be highly accurate, but they are not as standard as molecular PCR tests performed in a laboratory.

Preliminary results from a clinical study conducted by Abbott on 241 samples showed that the Panbio COVID-19 assay had an accuracy rate of 93.3% in people suspected of having been exposed to COVID-19 or had symptoms for the past seven days.

Canada COVID-19 Update:

The province of Quebec reported 1,364 new infections on Tuesday – the highest number of new infections per day ever reported in the province – and an additional 17 deaths. The hospitalization rate also continued to increase. With the province marking the fifth consecutive day with more than 1,000 recorded cases, Health Minister Christian Dubé has urged all Quebecers to stay home, regardless of the level of alertness in their area.

More than 200 new cases are in Quebec City while Montérégie has 223 cases and Montreal 442.

Dubé said that, in contrast to the first pandemic, which centred in Montreal, the entire province is feeling the impact this time, and more regions could be listed as “red zones” – the highest level of alarm – this weekend.

Currently, Quebec has 8,082 cases being watched.

Ontario reported another 548 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, with almost two-thirds of the new cases in the Greater Toronto metropolitan area. Health Minister Christine Elliott said about 61% of new cases were in people under 40 years of age. We are flattening the curve, “said Premier Ford.

Currently, Ontario has 5,469 cases being tracked.

Province of B.C. reported 102 new infections and 2 deaths on Tuesday. Currently, the province still has 1,384 cases being monitored. Vancouver Coastal Health announced that a new COVID-19 testing center will open on Thursday in North Vancouver located at the Capilano ICBC Claim Center at 255 Lloyd Ave.

Alberta added 276 new cases on Tuesday, the largest one-day increase since April. The province also had one more death, a woman in her 70s in the Calgary region. Currently, the province has 1,900 cases being monitored.

Saskatchewan reported 16 more new infections, and 20 recoveries are now provincial to 139 being followed.

Manitoba reported 56 more new cases, with 781 currently being followed in the province.

New Brunswick reports two more new cases. Currently, 5 cases are being watched.

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