Securing COVID-19 rapid tests
COVID-19 testing technologies are advancing as the pandemic continues. The Government of Canada continues to pursue additional agreements to secure access to the most promising candidates.
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- Rapid test agreements
- Request for standing offer
- Types of rapid tests
- Rapid tests distributed in Canada
- Related links
Rapid test agreements
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada, has purchased millions of point-of-care and antigen rapid tests. These agreements help to increase COVID-19 testing capacity with authorized, proven and effective technologies. PSPC’s contracts for the procurement of rapid tests total $926,590,291.49.
|Supplier||Tests secured||Name of test|
|Abbott Rapid Diagnostics ULC||Up to 6.7 million||ID NOW rapid tests|
|Abbott Rapid Diagnostics ULC||Up to 28.9 million||Panbio COVID-19 antigen rapid tests|
|BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)||11.6 million||BD Veritor SARS-CoV-2 antigen tests|
|Biomérieux Canada||159,990||RP2.1 Diagnostic test kits|
|Inter Medico||194,980||Cepheid's GeneXpert rapid tests|
|Quidel Sofia||850,000||COVID-19 rapid tests|
|Lucira Health||49,248||Check It COVID-19 test kits|
Delivery schedules vary based on the specific agreements. All deliveries do not arrive at the same time. The suppliers continue to ship on a regular basis, on the schedule outlined in each contract.
Request for standing offer
To continue to increase national testing and screening capacity with authorized, proven and effective technologies, the Government of Canada has issued a Request for Standing Offer (RFSO) for the supply of Health Canada-authorized COVID-19 rapid tests.
On behalf of Health Canada, PSPC will establish standing offers with qualified companies for the supply and delivery of rapid tests on an as-needed basis. These standing offers will help ensure a reliable supply chain and help the federal government respond to increased testing demands in the future. Rapid tests procured through this RFSO will be distributed to provinces and territories, as well as federal organizations with workplace screening requirements.
This RFSO is a way of ensuring the Government of Canada can secure rapid tests for immediate needs without delay. At this time, the RFSO includes antigen rapid tests. As needs for other types of rapid tests emerge, the RFSO can be expanded to procure other types of rapid tests for the Government of Canada as well.
Types of rapid tests
Rapid tests distributed in Canada
The Public Health Agency of Canada distributes rapid tests to the provinces and territories, other government departments and remote, northern and Indigenous communities. Additional tests are also distributed in response to “hotspots” to help the provinces and territories manage outbreaks.
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