NZ Government gives nod for rapid antigen testing

Highlights

  • NZ Government approves rapid antigen tests to be conducted by a coalition of 25 big businesses for their workforce.
  • Some of these big firms include Mercury, Auckland Airport, Mainfreight, Air NZ, Fletcher Building, and many more.

New Zealand Government has granted exemption to some of the largest firms operating in the country to buy rapid antigen tests for their workforce.

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Rapid Antigen Testing to arrive in the country from 21 October

As per a new scheme revealed by the Government, an association of about 25 businesses from the country’s varied sectors have been given a go-ahead for importing the quick tests for their work sites.

Related Read: What is Rapid Antigen Testing? All you should know about it

The companies under this business coalition include Auckland Airport, Mainfreight, Genesis, Summerset Group, Mercury, Contact Energy, Vodafone, Spark, The Warehouse Group, ANZ Bank, Contact Energy, Meridian Energy, Air NZ, and many others.

Clearance has been given to introduce 300,000 rapid antigen tests into the Kiwi land.

It is pointed out that these quick tests which involve the use of nasal swabs, provide results within 15 minutes of testing.

However, as these rapid tests are less sensitive while detecting cases, PCR tests would remain the prime tests for identifying COVID-19 cases.

In order to boost NZ’s public health response and vaccination rates, rapid antigen tests would be conducted alongside other COVID -19 testing.

EBOS Healthcare is importing the said tests, costing over NZ$3 million.

These tests are likely to arrive in the country from 21 October and would be distributed to the above-mentioned companies who are part of the coalition.

Bottom Line

To ensure continued workings of critical work sites, NZ businesses are focused on providing health and safety of their workforce, when COVID-19 cases are rising in the community.

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