Pathology companies have made big profits off COVID-19, but rapid tests are on the way

Throughout the pandemic, Australians with a sniffle or other cold and flu symptoms have been encouraged to get a PCR test – a swab of their throat and the back of their nose, taken by a nurse or doctor.

This is then sent to a pathology laboratory for analysis.

So far, a total of 41.5 million COVID-19 PCR tests have been performed in Australia. Private