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Alberta expected to receive millions of rapid COVID-19 tests this week, millions more next week

Last Updated Jan 18, 2022 at 11:57 am MDT

Positive, left, and negative COVID-19 antigen rapid tests are picture in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

You may finally be able to get your hands on rapid tests again in Alberta.

Alberta Health is going to start sending more rapid tests to pharmacies as the province receives more tests over the coming weeks.

The province is expecting millions of rapid tests by the end of the month.

“Shipments to pharmacies will continue, as soon as supply is available,” Alberta Health said in a statement to CityNews.

The province has directly procured eight million rapid tests. Just under half that amount are expected by the end of this week, while the other 4.5 million should arrive by next week.

Meanwhile, Ottawa is also sending 2.6 million more rapid tests to Alberta. Half a million of those tests should arrive by this Friday. The remaining 2.1 million do not have an expected date of arrival.

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Last week, between direct procurement and federal support, Alberta received 5.7 million tests.

The government announced mid-December that Albertans will be able to get their hands on COVID-19 rapid testing kits for free.

However, supply has been quite low as more and more people go into pharmacies and select Alberta Health Services sites to receive the tests.

There is a limit of one box per person in a 14-day period, but Albertans can pick up one additional box for someone who cannot pick one up themselves, so long as they have that person’s healthcare number.

Each kit includes tests for five days and instructions.