Six Million Rapid-Testing Kits for Alberta Kids Despite “safety and efficacy concerns”

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on October 26, 2021

The other day Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced that the province had acquired six million rapid-testing kits for unvaccinated children in schools, so they can be tested twice a week. 

It should be noted that currently in Canada COVID-19 vaccines are not approved for children under the age of 12-years-old, so, in theory, all elementary school-age children would be receiving Rapid tests if parents go along with what the Alberta government is wanting them to do.

Unvaccinated Alberta Public Service employees have been already required to take Rapid tests (at their own cost) in order to work, which is a policy Kenney is also encouraging school adoptions for teachers and adult visitors. 

Rapid tests are also being allowed to be required by operators of seniors’ homes for visiting family or friends either if the visitor is unvaccinated or even as an additional measure even if the visitor has a valid vaccine passport. 

This is all in spite of the fact that Alberta Health Services has raised efficacy concerns with rapid testing, as well as safety concerns with the testing kits. 

AHS states in COVID-19 Immunization Policy (October 2021) that:

There are significant safety and efficacy concerns with rapid testing. Current rapid testing technology is designed for those experiencing symptoms, which creates a large risk of false positives (up to 30 percent) and this could lead to workers being unnecessarily restricted from work. 

The occurrence of false negatives is even more significant (reported as high as up to 50 percent) where workers may be entering care environments infected with COVID-19.

This seems to indicate that the best way to prevent the spread of disease is simply having people who are sick voluntarily stay home, rather than have an incompetent bureaucracy try to determine who is and who is not sick.

It is also disturbing that the Alberta government is pushing parents to give rapid tests to their children, as well as requiring them for public workers despite “significant safety and efficacy concerns”. 

(Photo from the New York Times)

So not only are we using flawed tests to try and detect for COVID-19, but putting people at some risk of harm despite COVID-19 not posing a significant danger to the vast majority of the population, especially people under the age of 18.

Why are Premier Kenney and the AHS still pushing forward with PCR testing if they admit to safety concerns and deep flaws in the results of the test? Shouldn’t Chief Medical Officer Deena Hinshaw or AHS CEO Dr. Verna Yiu inform Albertans about the risks and efficacy issues with rapid tests? 

(Photo from CTV News Edmonton)

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange especially has a responsibility to inform parents of the issues with Rapid tests since there is a safety risk involved, and false tests could prevent healthy children from going to school, and their parents from going to work.

David Dickson, a retired Liverpool police officer, and operator of an Alberta cybersecurity firm who is the researcher who caught the doublespeak coming out of the Alberta government and AHS, spoke to The National Telegraph about the currency situation.

Dickson said that:

There is no medical diagnostic acumen anymore, just testing with a system the government knows to be so erroneous it is dangerous. The Alberta Scientific Advisory Group said last August that asymptomatic testing with the PCR cannot be used, yet the government continued. In November 2020 the rapid testing system (Lateral Flow) was shown through a large-scale rollout in my home town of Liverpool to be a complete disaster, and the government rolled it out here.

And what is the difference between testing asymptomatic and symptomatic? A set of symptoms that are associated with many other conditions, especially in flu season.

As of October 23rd, 2021 Alberta had performed 5,793,743 COVID tests, mostly on asymptomatic citizens. Every false test resulted in the lockdown of care homes, closure of classrooms and schools, loss of work, income, access to critical services and in the most extreme cases people taking their own lives. 

Every false positive test is a “case”. Without a case we have no COVID hospitalizations and not COVID Deaths to report and terrify the population into making uninformed decisions.

With all the misinformation Dickson has discovered (which has been widely reported by TNT) it is no wonder why many Albertans are beginning to take what AHS and the Alberta government say about COVID-19 less and less seriously. Albertans deserve straight answers and none of the “experts” or government officials want to give them.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

One response to “Six Million Rapid-Testing Kits for Alberta Kids Despite “safety and efficacy concerns””

  1. Wendy Townson says:

    AHS needs to get things figured out. There is already a law suit going on. Do they want more?