As an increasing number of Canadians find themselves in long lines for testing centres, Ottawa has yet to find a rapid test kit accurate enough to be considered safe.
So says Health Minister Patty Hajdu.
”We have not had a test submitted to Health Canada for approval yet that satisfies the regulator’s concerns around accuracy,” she adds.
”We’re not there yet. We will not at Health Canada approve a test that, in any way, endangers Canadians’ health and I will say tests that don’t have a degree of accuracy to the satisfaction of the regulators can actually create further harms in communities.”
Some experts have been calling for the quick introduction of rapid tests in this country but Hajdu says Health Canada has more research to do to ensure the efficacy of the tests.
The minister says she’ll convene a panel of experts to help the government review its testing device strategy.