Jordan Rose talks to Toronto Star about COVID testing

By May Warren | Toronto Star

Executive health-care clinic Medcan plans to provide a COVID-19 antibody test to clients next month, at a price, the company says.

The Toronto-based private clinic, which charges an annual membership fee for services outside of OHIP and streamlined care,willoffer AbbottLaboratories’ IgG antibody test, spokesperson Bronwen Evans said in an email. It’s one of five serological tests approved by Health Canada.

Unlike swab tests that determine if someone has an active infection, these blood tests show whether people have developed antibodies that suggest they’ve already had COVID-19 and could be protected from getting it again. The tests are key to the controversial promise of immunity passports, which could help society open up more without a vaccine or cure for the disease that has killed hundreds of thousands.

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