Relay Medical and Fio Corporation Announce Launch of High-Throughput COVID-19 ‘Mobile Testing Toolkit’ Capable of Processing 100 Tests Per Hour - Seite 2
“We are extremely excited to launch our Fionet high-throughput rapid testing solution to help support the growing demand for rapid testing in high-volume settings like airports, workplaces and schools. Our solution is designed to be scalable and affordable, both of which are critical to enable a dramatic scale up COVID-19 testing & tracking,” said Dr Michael Greenberg, CEO of Fionet Rapid Response Group and CEO of Fio Corporation.
With this solution, FRR is well positioned to capitalize on the growing opportunity for rapid COVID-19 testing solutions in industries that have been crippled by restrictions due to the pandemic. There is growing pressure to ramp up rapid testing capacity at places like airports, cruise ships, arenas, workplaces, and schools. This has become increasingly important with multiple reports of a new, faster spreading COVID-19 variant making its ways around the world.
1 Interim Results of the WestJet-YVR COVID-19 Rapid Testing Study
“Widespread rapid testing combined with real-time data tracking can be a powerful tool to proactively screen individuals and help prevent transmission so communities can begin to reopen with confidence and ultimately save both lives and livelihoods. There is a growing body of research that has demonstrated how rapid testing can be very useful, even in demanding settings like airports,” said Yoav Raiter, CEO, Relay Medical Corp.
Recently, Canada’s top two airlines, Air Canada and WestJet have announced plans to further reduce capacity and headcount, on top of major cuts made last year. Air Canada is cutting an additional 1,700 jobs and will now be operating at just 20% capacity compared to Q1 20192. This is on a backdrop of growing research demonstrating the feasibility of using rapid antigen tests in airports and other high-volume settings to screen travellers for COVID-19. Just this week, positive interim results were published from a WestJet-Vancouver International Airport COVID-19 rapid testing study, reporting that “results indicate that a rapid antigen testing approach is feasible for use in departing air travellers”, “participant feedback was resoundingly positive” and “the research team found that the test itself only takes around 15 to 20 minutes”.1