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Millions of rapid antigen tests delivered to the Australian Government


Australian Government



  • Product Rapid Antigen Tests
  • Quantity 108,000,000

Client Need

The first case of novel coronavirus in Australia (nCoV-19) was reported in the southeastern state of Victoria on the 25th of January 2020. Three cases were confirmed in New South Wales later the same day. In the following days and weeks, state and territory governments implemented restrictions and guidelines for the population, followed by strict measures from the federal government that included border closure, quarantine and social distancing.

In February 2021, a year after the first case of COVID-19 in the country, vaccinations began in Australia. The uptake of the vaccine rollout in the country was high, but as more of the nation began to open up in late 2021, Omicron began to spread quickly.

The Australian Government needed a fast testing solution that could screen residents and inbound persons for COVID-19. COVID-19 rapid testing already played a key part in helping curb and control the virus in other countries but was not yet widely available to the Australian public. However, with the eastern states showing very high case numbers, a new measure for helping to monitor and contain outbreaks (especially those of a hyper-infectious nature) was crucial sooner rather than later.

A highly sensitive, quick and reliable COVID-19 test was of the utmost importance.

Santé Solution

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests had been part of the country’s COVID testing and tracing strategy since the pandemic began. Still, the population needed a more accessible testing option to help release the bottleneck at PCR testing sites and support communities on a wider scale.

Departments of the Australian Government reached out to Santé to source and supply a solution. Santé already had (and maintains) a reputation as a reliable, trusted source of highly efficacious rapid antigen tests and had supplied millions of tests and pandemic-support products to date, including PPE.

Santé guaranteed the supply of TGA-approved RAT kits to help the Australian Government departments deliver their promise to Australian citizens. Santé also provided warehousing as an end-to-end solution.

Below is a timescale of the quantities supplied.

Month Quantity Supplied
December 5,000,000+
January 20,000,000+
February 30,000,000+
March 35,000,000+
April 10,000,000+


End Result

Following approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia, the Australian Government needed the tests delivered quickly. Santé supplied rapid antigen tests to the client on time despite national logistical challenges.

Our dedicated team will always find a way to rise to the challenge using our global network of validated manufacturers and strong global relationships.

The RAT test that Santé supplied is classified as very high sensitivity on the TGA website. We are committed to continuous research and development to ensure sensitivity against emerging variants.


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