Rapid COVID-19 tests will hit Australian supermarket shelves from next week

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A company spokesperson said Coles will stock the Hough Pharma COVID Antigen Nasal Test on its shelves in packs of two and five starting next week.

Coles’ online shoppers will also be able to add quick tests to their carts in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, ACT and Tasmania.

A Hough Pharma two-pack costs about $30 and a five-pack is $50.

A spokesperson for Woolworths Group said supermarket rival Woolworths is looking to stock approved self-test kits in select stores from early November.

Wellness, the digital health and wellness business run by Online Woolies, will begin shipping Hough Pharma tests from Monday, and customers can already pre-order.

High school students undergo rapid antigen tests in Melbourne.

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But state regulations mean they cannot ship them to South Australia or Western Australia.

Testing will also be conducted at petrol and grocery stores such as 7-Eleven, Ampol and Coles Express until November.

Theo Foukkare, CEO of the Australian Grocers Association, said they will largely stock the Hough Pharma brand test.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday that the government has no current plans to make rapid testing free through Medicare.

While there are some restrictions on ads, there are no restrictions on where tests can be sold.

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Monash University research fellow Michael Lydeamore says rapid antigen testing works particularly well overseas, where efforts are no longer geared towards tracking every case.

Dr Lydeamore said: “As we enter the next phase of the pandemic, rapid antigen testing will help us quickly decipher what may remain open and more quickly understand the disease dynamics at play.” Said.

Health Minister Greg Hunt stressed Wednesday that less accurate tests are not a substitute for standard PCR tests.

“This is an additional support and additional screening tool rather than a pure diagnostic tool,” Hunt told reporters.

The tests analyze a nasal swab or saliva for the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19.

According to the Therapeutic Products Administration, anyone who gets a positive result should immediately follow up with a PCR test.

They are most reliable when used by a person with symptoms of COVID-19.

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