An Australian company that can produce millions of Covid-19 rapid antigen tests can do nothing to help the country’s testing crisis due to red tape.

Brisbane biotechnology company AnteoTech3 has developed its own 15-minute test that is already regularly used in the US and Europe.

But the Therapeutic Goods Administration is yet to give the company the green light to sell its kits in Australia.

Wait times for Covid-19 tests have skyrocketed amid a surge in Covid cases in recent weeks (pictured in Sydney)

Wait times for Covid-19 tests have skyrocketed amid a surge in Covid cases in recent weeks (pictured in Sydney)

Wait times for Covid-19 tests have skyrocketed amid a surge in Covid cases in recent weeks (pictured in Sydney)

With thousands of Australians queueing up all day to get a PCR test, only to then wait up to another five days for results, chief executive Derek Thomson said the red tape was adding to the delays.

‘We’ve always said that rapid testing has a place to be used to control the pandemic and now we’re seeing that play out,’ he told the Courier Mail.

The nasal swabs tests are more than 97 per cent accurate, Mr Thomson said, and are done by a health professional and not at home.

AnteoTech, a Brisbane-based biotechnology company, has developed its own 15-minute test that is already regularly being used in the US and Europe

AnteoTech, a Brisbane-based biotechnology company, has developed its own 15-minute test that is already regularly being used in the US and Europe

AnteoTech, a Brisbane-based biotechnology company, has developed its own 15-minute test that is already regularly being used in the US and Europe

‘We believe governments should use rapid tests instead of PCR tests for screening of people who are wanting to travel as they do in Europe,’ he added.

‘There’s too much stress on the PCR testing system in all Australian states and it’s really not necessary to go to the full extent of doing a PCR test when you’ve got rapid tests readily available now.’

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk backflipped on her demand for PCR tests from interstate travellers on Wednesday morning.

Those entering the Sunshine State from hotspots can from January 1 provide a negative rapid antigen test instead of having to queue all day for a PCR result.

But rapid tests are hard to come by with the kits flying off pharmacy shelves.

Rapid tests are scarce to come by with residents instead having to line up for PCR tests

Rapid tests are scarce to come by with residents instead having to line up for PCR tests

Rapid tests are scarce to come by with residents instead having to line up for PCR tests

Pharmacy Guild Australia President Professor Trent Twomey said there would be ‘scattered supply shortages’ of RATs until January 15, before stores would then be ‘awash’ with testing kits.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said she was ‘sure’ the federal government was speaking to the TGA about approving different rapid tests.

‘We absolutely want to see Queensland businesses be able to produce and provide them in Queensland but it has to be approved – it has to meet our standards and that is up to the TGA whether it does that or not,’ she said.

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