Feds say 100,000 rapid COVID-19 tests have arrived, being distributed to provinces
Procurement Minister Anita Anand says the first shipment of rapid tests for COVID-19 has arrived in Canada, but their eventual destinations remain shrouded in mystery. Canada signed a deal late last month with Abbott Diagnostics in the United States to buy 7.9 million ID Now tests, which can produce results on the spot in under 15 minutes. Anand said another 2.4 million should arrive before the end of December and the rest in the new year. Shipments of another rapid test, the Abbott Rapid Diagnostics Panbio antigen test, are expected to start soon. Canada bought 20 million of those tests, with 8.5 million expected by the end of 2020, and the rest in 2021. But neither Anand’s office nor Health Canada will say which province will get them first, or how many will be shipped where.