Health Canada approves rapid COVID testing device as Canada braces for caseload spikes

The Abbott Laboratories-backed point-of-care devices can be administered by trained professionals at places like pharmacies, walk-in clinics and doctors' offices without the need for a laboratory to determine if someone is infected with the virus.

A nasal or throat specimen is collected from a patient on a swab and plugged into the ID NOW's analyzer, which can detect the presence of the virus. The molecular devices can produce COVID results in 15 minutes.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/health-canada-approves-id-now-1.5744768

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