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Ottawa, Aug 26 (Canadian-Media): As the school year approaches, researchers and public health officials have been calling for saliva-based COVID-19 tests in schools, which has yet not been authorized by Health Canada, media reports said.
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A COVID-19 saliva-based test has been submitted to Health Canada by U.S-based DiaCarta for review.
Consistent international efforts have been made to opt for saliva-based testing, but it is still not known when this test would be introduced in Canada.
Five saliva-based tests in the United States have been approved so far by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) including one developed by Yale University researchers with funding support from the National Basketball Association.
Similar to the the current tests such as nasal swab samples which are sent to lab for processing, these saliva-based tests also involve the same procedures of getting the results processed by the lab, with results back in around 24 hours.
Also the collection of saliva-based tests could be done easily at home by parents or in schools by existing staff, without requiring medical teams in full protective gear.