Covid-19: Delivery app promises to send rapid antigen tests to you in 10 minutes despite shortage


Delivery app promises to send rapid antigen testing kits to your door in just 10 minutes despite the nationwide shortage

  • App service delivers rapid antigen tests to people in inner Sydney, Melbourne
  • Major nationwide shortage of RATs is unlikely to be relieved for weeks
  • Most Australians now expected to register positive Covid RAT results online


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A little-known delivery service has claimed it can send rapid Covid-19 tests to worried Australians ‘in 10 minutes’.

The app called Send specialises in groceries but is now spruiking itself as the latest option for inner city residents hoping to get their hands on a rapid antigen test as case numbers across the country explode.

Australians are desperately seeking the at home kits but retail supplies are scarce and unlikely to improve for weeks.

In its marketing material Send encourages its customers, ‘Instead of trawling the aisles, why not crack open a beer, go skateboarding, enjoy the sunset?’

Australians are desperately seeking RATs but retail supplies are scarce and unlikely to improve for weeks

Australians are desperately seeking RATs but retail supplies are scarce and unlikely to improve for weeks

Australians are desperately seeking RATs but retail supplies are scarce and unlikely to improve for weeks

A little-known delivery service, Send, has claimed it can deliver rapid Covid-19 tests to worried Australians 'in 10 minutes'

A little-known delivery service, Send, has claimed it can deliver rapid Covid-19 tests to worried Australians 'in 10 minutes'

A little-known delivery service, Send, has claimed it can deliver rapid Covid-19 tests to worried Australians ‘in 10 minutes’

Send claims it has 10,000 RATs and is selling them for just $21 for two.

‘We have planned carefully with our supplier to ensure no impact to supply however, we recognise the demand is massive and that we are endeavouring to fulfil as many customer orders as possible,’ Tim Walsh, SEND head of buying told 7News.

We are managing stock levels on the app in order to ensure reasonable delivery times, meaning the tests will go on and offline. If out of stock, customers are encouraged to check back every 30 minutes.’ 

As of Friday evening it still had kits available.

It is capping orders at 15 per person and only to a limited delivery areas taking in inner Sydney and Melbourne suburbs.

It will deliver to 25 inner Sydney suburbs, from Edgecliff to Zetland, Glebe and Enmore (but not Bondi), and to 10 Melbourne locations, from Abbotsford to Fitzroy and Port Melbourne.  

Send claims it has 10,000 RATs and is selling them for just $21 for two

Send claims it has 10,000 RATs and is selling them for just $21 for two

Send claims it has 10,000 RATs and is selling them for just $21 for two 

The app called Send specialises in groceries but is now spruiking itself as the latest option for inner city residents hoping to get their hands on a rapid antigen test as case numbers across the country explode

The app called Send specialises in groceries but is now spruiking itself as the latest option for inner city residents hoping to get their hands on a rapid antigen test as case numbers across the country explode

The app called Send specialises in groceries but is now spruiking itself as the latest option for inner city residents hoping to get their hands on a rapid antigen test as case numbers across the country explode

Send, markets itself as ‘Australia’s first exclusively online, delivery only supermarket’ which will send ‘groceries and more delivered in 10 minutes at retail prices’.

The company plans to increase its RAT stocks to include five packs later this month.

Coles Chief executive Steven Cain says the supermarket giant is delivering ‘millions’ of RATs to stores each week but like every other retailers, has struggled to keep up with the overwhelming demand with Covid cases surpassing 100,000 in recent days.

‘Customer demand for Rapid Antigen Tests has ‘skyrocketed’ over the past two weeks,’ Mr Cain said in a note to customers on Wednesday.

Most Australians who test positive for Covid on rapid antigen tests must now report their results, with the NSW government hitting patients who don’t do so with $1,000 fines.

Victorians have had to register their results since last Friday but will not be penalised, nor will Queenslanders, Tasmanians and those in the Northern Territory.  

Australian retailers are currently running desperately low on rapid antigen tests as Covid cases soar

Australian retailers are currently running desperately low on rapid antigen tests as Covid cases soar

Australian retailers are currently running desperately low on rapid antigen tests as Covid cases soar

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