Health Canada silent on COVID-19 home tests as other countries push forward – CBC

Health Canada silent on COVID-19 home tests as other countries push forward – CBC

by tumpa on May 12, 202136 Views

Advocates say reluctance could be based on comparisons between antigen, PCR tests

May 12, 2021

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week proudly announced a partnership with the Ontario government to provide more rapid COVID-19 tests for employees in key businesses, but it’s still unclear at this time whether federal health officials believe there’s a place for tests that can be obtained by all Canadians on pharmacy shelves and used at home.

Such home COVID-19 tests are part of the pandemic policy push in several countries — including Britain, Germany and the United States — as governments try to foresee what life will look like in a society where more people re-engage but not all are vaccinated.

“It’s definitely not too late to do the right thing,” said Dr. Kevin Schwartz, an infectious diseases physician at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto who co-authored an article recently on the utility of easy-to-use rapid tests.

Advocates say there’s a place for self-administered tests to screen for infection even as vaccinations progress. No single vaccine is 100 per cent effective, some people can’t or won’t get a vaccine and COVID-19 boosters could be needed as immunity wears off.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/health-canada-home-covid-19-tests-1.6020482

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