Canada ‘grossly underutilizing’ rapid tests, experts warn — even as COVID-19 cases tick up

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94 million rapid tests purchased by Ottawa, yet many Canadians face limited access.


(Stephanie Dubois, Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — When Dr. David Juurlink joined some friends for dinner in the U.K. during a September vacation, he was surprised to learn they had a stockpile of rapid COVID-19 tests at their home. Hundreds, in fact — all provided for free by British public health officials.

Those friends gave Juurlink’s family a few tests to bring back to Toronto, while other friends overseas later sent him another 14 from their personal trove.

“We’ve kind of treated these things like gold,” he told CBC News. “Because it’s been so hard to get them otherwise.” (…)

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