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An Approach to Screening for SARS-CoV-2 at Vancouver Airport

COVID-19 Research Area(s): Diagnostics, Genomics & Transmission Dynamics, Epidemiology & Public Health

The primary objective of this pilot study is to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of a COVID-19 screening program for passengers departing from YVR. This research study is conducted by The University of British Columbia (UBC) and Providence Health Care, sponsored by WestJet and Vancouver Airport Authority. The experimental study investigates point-of-care rapid test device for detecting SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. The study is investigating a method of rapid-testing for COVID-19 and will help inform the safest and most efficient way of testing departing passengers prior to security screening at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). This study is also evaluating a new passenger management system.