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Shoppers Drug Mart selling rapid COVID-19 tests at stores in Ontario and Alberta

WATCH ABOVE: Shoppers Drug Mart has rolled out a new COVID-19 screening test at its pharmacies. At a cost of $40, a person can find out within minutes whether they may be positive for coronavirus. But, as Sean O’Shea reports, some people question the value of the screening.

Shoppers Drug Mart is now selling rapid COVID-19 tests at all stores in Ontario and Alberta.

Loblaw Companies made the announcement in a news release Monday, and said the tests are also available at Loblaw pharmacies.

The rapid antigen tests are available for those who are asymptomatic and haven’t been in contact with a confirmed case of the virus.

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Though less sensitive than PCR tests, the rapid tests typically provide results within 15 to 20 minutes and “complements” public health testing, which often requires that someone be experiencing symptoms or be a close contact to qualify, the news release said.

Customers are asked to make an appointment to get a test, which costs $40, Loblaw said.

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