Procurement Minister Anita Anand says Canada is buying more than 20 million of the rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 approved by Health Canada today.
Abbott Rapid Diagnostics in Germany got the green light from Health Canada to sell its Panbio antigen rapid test in Canada this morning.
Canada has also signed a contract with Abbott that will see the company ship 20.5 million of the ruler-sized test devices to Canada.
This approval comes a week after Health Canada authorized the use of another rapid test from Abbott Diagnostics in the United States.
That test, the ID Now kit, can provide results in as little as 13 minutes on the spot where the patient is tested. The ID Now test looks for the genetic material of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
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