Health Canada has a lot to deal with after a new scandal occurred with unauthorized antibody tests in a Montreal clinic.
Coronavirus antibody testing in Canada was not official until late Tuesday night, May 12th, when the government gave a green light for antibody testing for the first time.
However, two weeks earlier, Medic Elle, a Montreal-based clinic, had already rolled out their antibody tests, different from the one the government offers, and without any official authorization.
The clinic is telling clients they have done hundreds of these tests, and that they are approved by U.S. regulators.
“Nobody here is profiteering,” the clinic owner said, however, it’s hard to believe that there is any other background to this situation.
Medic Elle is big on advertising, offering public services and over 40 specialists in different areas, including private doctor appointments, and botox treatments.
On April 22, people anxious to get tested for COIVD-19 were delighted by the clinic’s official Facebook page, offering coronavirus tests with the description “It will tell you if you had COVID or are immune to it.”
This Facebook post caused a sea of reactions by Montrealers, including comments like “I’ve been calling everywhere and it’s not offered in the public system. I want to see my mom and knowing I’m immune would be incredible.”
The tests offered by Medic Elle haven’t been approved by Health Canada, which is a sure sign to stay away from any unauthorized testing.