Barrie company gets Health Canada approval for finger-prick COVID-19 test

A Barrie company has developed a finger-prick test that can determine if someone has been exposed to COVID-19.

Verify Diagnostics says its Assure Tech Ecotest checks for two antibodies in the blood and gives results in 15 minutes.

“Antibody testing is key to understanding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our Canadian communities and, although complicated laboratory solutions are available to accomplish this, rapid testing offers an easy and inexpensive option to healthcare professionals and public health organizations,” said Tim Salter, President of Verify Diagnostics. “Use of these rapid tests have been proven effective in dozens of countries that we have provided solutions to and we are very happy to be able to now provide a solution for Canada.”

It’s not a home test, it has to be administered by a doctor, nurse or pharmacist.