World News – CA – Air Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart to offer rapid COVID-19 pre-flight tests for international passengers


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Josh Pringle
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Air Canada is now requiring passengers to undergo a temperature check before boarding. (File photo)

Air Canada passengers planning to travel over the holidays can now get a pre-departure rapid COVID-19 test at Shoppers Drug Mart stores in Ottawa and across Ontario.

The airline has announced a partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart for Air Canada customers to receive a COVID-19 RT-PRC test to meet international travel requirements.

Air Canada says the test will be available to travelers flying to destinations that require a negative COVID-19 test, including Hawaii, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, Antigua, Barbuda, and St. . Lucia.

In a statement, the airline says from December. In 7, eligible Air Canada customers can book and purchase a COVID-19 test at participating Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

« Many countries now require a COVID-19 negative test before departure. We are excited to simplify this process for our customers and make their travel experience easier and safer by recommending the RT-PCR test at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations, « said Dr. . Jim Chung, Air Canada’s chief medical officer.

Michelle Hoad of the Medical Laboratory Professionals Association in Ontario spoke to Kristy Cameron about Newstalk 580 CFRAs Ottawa Now and said there were concerns about the reliability of the rapid test.

« From a laboratory perspective, we are not in favor of the rapid test. This is due to the accuracy and reliability; They’re a big problem, « said Hoad, noting that a rapid test is about 94 percent effective.

« That means that six percent of the tests performed are incorrect. Six percent of the population may get incorrect results. « 

Hoad also wonders why Air Canada gets access to the RT-PRC test while the Ontario government didn’t get the test.

Last week, Hawaii announced that two Air Canada and WestJet would resume flights to Hawaii in mid-December. The state said travelers can bypass the 14-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test in an approved laboratory 72 hours before departure and get a negative result before departure.

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