Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has infected over 40 million people worldwide, including over 200,000 Canadians, pipette tips are critical to conducting COVID-19 tests. Without them, the tests can’t be completed.

But pipette tips along with other items, from tubes to gloves, have become so difficult to obtain in Canada that one lab at The Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton has converted an old office into a secret storage room to ensure they have enough supplies to carry out the next round of tests.

Canadian labs are struggling to keep up with the demands for coronavirus testing and most are facing backlogs in processing test results amid a second wave of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Global News’ chief investigative correspondent Carolyn Jarvis reports.

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