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600 RAPID COVID-19 TESTS DONE ON WESTJET PASSENGERS AT VANCOUVER AIRPORT. NOT ONE YIELDED A POSITIVE RESULT: UBC STUDY

Inside the testing trailer located at the YVR domestic terminal. (Photo credit: Medicinematters.ca)
Inside the testing trailer located at the YVR domestic terminal. (Photo credit: Medicinematters.ca)

Rapid testing before flights will likely be used as one tool towards traveller confidence after the Vancouver Airport Authority and WestJet said today that a co-sponsored trial showed its an effective, cost-efficient method for screening travellers, contributing to a “safer and healthier” air travel experience.

“These findings provide real-world evidence that rapid antigen testing is a highly effective way of screening for passengers who may be carrying the COVID virus,” said Dr. Don Sin, the clinical leader for medical microbiology and virology at St. Paul’s Hospital and Providence Health Care. He was the co-principal investigator of the study.

“Rapid antigen testing is a critically important tool – and perhaps an underutilized tool – in our ability to prevent and control COVID-19.  The findings from our study provide further evidence that this technology can be successfully deployed in an airport setting, and that rapid antigen testing performs surprisingly well – even in a low- prevalence population, such as air travellers.”

  • Dr. Marc Romney, Co-principal Investigator; Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Faculty of Medicine; Medical Leader for Medical Microbiology and Virology at St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Health Care.

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