The rapid test can provide a result in 15 minutes. Photo / Getty Images

New Zealand companies have been given the green light to import rapid antigenic tests into the country.

It comes after more than 25 companies have sought emergency government approval to introduce rapid testing at local workplaces.

A coalition of companies today confirmed an order for $ 3 million for 300,000 Abbott PanBio COVID-19 Ag Rapid tests to import.

These tests give results in about 15 minutes and typically cost between $ 10 and $ 15 each.

The tests will be used at several large New Zealand companies including Auckland Airport, Air New Zealand, Foodstuffs, Mainfreight and others.

The hope is that this will provide an extra layer of protection for employees in the workplace.

This initiative was supported by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry of Health.

“These are companies that want to do their best to protect the health and safety of their teams, and in an environment where you have community transmission of the virus, rapid testing becomes a critical part of that,” said said the chief of Auckland airport. Executive Adrian Littlewood.

“Rapid antigenic testing is also essential to ensure the continuity of critical work sites, those that provide the essential products and services that sustain our country. “

The tests are expected to start arriving in New Zealand from October 21 and will be distributed to participating companies in various industries.

Auckland Airport plans to introduce rapid testing for a range of operational employees, but will initially focus on daily testing for essential employees working on critical infrastructure projects, such as airfield security guards. overseeing fuel pipeline upgrades at the airfield.

Mainfreight chief executive Don Braid said his company has already introduced rapid testing in 26 countries around the world and aims to replicate its approach in the local market.

Foodstuffs North Island CEO Chris Quin sees this as an important step in retaining staff.

“We need to do all we can and this is a positive step to help take better care of our people in the stores and in the supply chain that New Zealanders depend on,” said Quin.

Genesis CEO Marc England said the rapid tests would provide another layer of protection for the saliva tests already in place.

“Huntly’s skilled workforce plays a vital role in New Zealand’s energy security; antigen testing will give our staff reasonable confidence before entering the site they are safe for. do so and will ensure that the plant remains operational, ”England said.

The companies participating in the trial are:

• Main freight
• North Island foodstuffs
• Genesis
• Hynds pipe systems
• Mercury
• Summerset Group
• Wellington airport
• Christchurch airport
• New Zealand sky
• Queenstown airport
• Sparkle
• Vodafone
• The Warehouse Group
• ANZ Bank
• Contact energy
• Fulton Hogan
• Countdown / Woolworths NZ
• Fletcher building
• Carter Holt Harvey
• Meridian energy
• DHL Express France
• Air New Zealand
• Auckland airport

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This notice was published: 2021-10-13 22:44:04


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