Rapid COVID-19 test tested at Vancouver International Airport


Vancouver International Airport is leading a pilot project with a rapid test for COVID-19 that could give an eye on the future of air travel during the pandemic.Domestic passengers taking a WestJet flight are encouraged to take a pre-board test, which results in a result in as little as 15 minutes.

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If passengers return a positive test, they will be rerouted on a future flight at no cost, while their test sample is sent to St. Paul’s Hospital for confirmation.

Thirty-two people have been tested to date.

“So far the results have been really positive – not only positive in the fact that we have not identified any COVIDs, but also positive in terms of the process itself,” YVR CEO said on Friday. , Tamara Vrooman, at Global News.

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“They find it easy, they find it calming and it really builds their confidence and knowledge in the future.”

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The pilot project, a partnership between the airport, WestJet and the University of British Columbia, hopes to test between 1,000 and 1,200 people.

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Researchers are also hoping that screening can catch asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19.

“The technology we’re going to deploy here is called rapid antigen testing,” said Dr. Don Sin, professor at the University of British Columbia and pulmonologist at Providence Healthcare.

“It’s a very simple test where we take a nasal swab and apply it to a little piece of paper coated with antibodies, and we get the test results in 15 to 20 minutes.”

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Participants are also asked to do a mouth rinse / gargle test to compare the results.

“The most common comment is, ‘It’s easier than I thought, it’s quick, very easy to do,” Sin said.

The airport is looking to run the pilot, which is the first of its kind in Canada, for about three months.

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