By The Canadian Press on January 13, 2022.
EDMONTON – Premier Jason Kenney will deliver a COVID-19 update today as the province grapples with an unexpected delay in the delivery of millions of rapid antigen tests.
Kenney said last week that the tests – coming from the federal government and a private supplier – would arrive this month and would help underpin a plan to keep schools safe for returning grade-school students and staff.
Alberta has already received one million tests and about 13 million more were scheduled to arrive in January.
However, Health Minister Jason Copping announced Wednesday that most of the federal shipment has been delayed and the private supply is facing supply chain bottlenecks.
Alberta has seen a recent explosion of COVID-19 cases that has reduced testing to high-priority cases while COVID-related hospitalizations have grown.
There are more than 61,000 active COVID-19 cases in the province but Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of health, has said reduced testing capacity means the true number of infections is likely 10 times higher.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 13, 2022.