Canada’s private COVID-19 testing industry is booming, but some experts say oversight is lacking – CBC

Gaps in the data collected by provinces suggest we may not have an accurate picture of the pandemic

Feb 18, 2021

Whether you’re a traveller getting a mandated COVID-19 test at the airport, or a worker on a job site like a film set or food processing plant that requires a negative test, odds are it’s being done by a private company.

Businesses offering polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are now a crucial part of Canada’s pandemic response, allowing thousands of people to continue to travel, visit loved ones in long-term care, and stay on the job.

But some doctors and health experts are concerned about what they say is a lack of regulation in what has become a rapidly growing part of the health-care industry.

“Who’s doing the tests? What are the standards? How do we know that they’re doing it at the same sensitivity and specificity as those done in provincial labs or hospital labs?” said Dr. Anna Banerji, a physician and infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/covid19-testing-pcr-antigen-1.5905308

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