Facedrive Inc. (“Facedrive”) (TSXV:FD), (OTCQX:FDVRF), a multi-faceted “people-and-planet first” tech ecosystem, is pleased to announce that as of July 27, 2021, Facedrive has launched a distribution, training and collection program for the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for small and medium-sized organizations. This initiative, ultimately aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 and its variants and reopening the economy in a safe and responsible manner, will make COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits available to eligible interested small and medium businesses in the Province of Ontario. Ultimately, the Company is aspiring to make the Government of Canada’s rapid testing program accessible to all eligible businesses nationwide.
In the first month of Facedrive’s collaborative efforts with the Government of Canada, Facedrive will distribute rapid tests through its extensive partner network. The tests are being provided free of charge by the Government of Canada on a nonexclusive basis. As with other distributors of these tests, Facedrive will charge a flat fee for handling and delivery of the kits to the merchant partner’s doorstep and a fee for test administration training. The Company will also offer complimentary pick-up options, provide safe biohazard disposal equipment for used test kits and collect usage data subject to all appropriate privacy considerations. In all, registration, order, pick-up, delivery, training and reporting has been made quick and easy through the Facedrive Online Portal https://rapidtest.facedrive.com/.
Facedrive sees rapid testing as an important element in keeping Canadians safe, supporting businesses and creating safer workplaces as the country lifts pandemic-related restrictions and brings the economy “back to normal”.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the economy and the heart of our communities and will be critical to our recovery from the COVID-19 recession,” said the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade. “As our economy begins to safely reopen, rapid resting and workplace screening will support small businesses and help them recover quicker. As we work to get through this pandemic, we all have a role to play, and the government continues to support all small business owners and entrepreneurs across the country. I’d like to thank Facedrive for taking the initiative to help stop the spread of COVID-19 so we can reopen and stay open.”
“Facedrive has been involved in many initiatives in efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 since the very onset of the pandemic. Embracing the Government of Canada’s Rapid Testing for COVID-19 Screening in the Workplace initiative and offering it to our restaurant partners comes as one more initiative integral to Facedrive’s mission and vision. This program will be an addition to existing efforts to support businesses, such as Facedrive’s digital contact-tracing solution TraceSCAN, digital self-assessment tool SafeCheck, complimentary PPE packages for restaurant partners, contactless deliveries and non-emergency medical transportation services. We are committed to continue playing our part so that we can get through this pandemic together, and rapid testing options are expected to make this process faster and safer,” said Suman Pushparajah, COO of Facedrive.
This announcement comes on the heels of Ontario moving to Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen on June 30, 2021 (https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000399/ontario-moving-to-step-two-of-roadmap-to-reopen-on-june-30).
Facedrive is a multi-faceted “people-and-planet first” tech ecosystem offering socially-responsible services to local communities with a strong commitment to doing business fairly, equitably and sustainably. As part of this commitment, Facedrive’s vision is to fulfil its mandate through a number of services that either leverage existing technologies of the Company or project synergies with existing lines of business.
Facedrive’s service offerings include its: (i) eco-friendly rideshare business, Facedrive Rideshare; (ii) food delivery service, Facedrive Foods; (iii) electric and hybrid vehicle subscription business, Steer; (iv) contact-tracing and connected health technology services, Facedrive Health; (v) e-commerce platform, Facedrive Marketplace; and (vi) e-social platform, Facedrive Social. Facedrive Rideshare was among the first to offer a wide variety of environmentally and socially responsible solutions in the Transportation as a Service (TaaS) space, planting thousands of trees based on user consumption and offering choices between electric, hybrid and conventional vehicles (including, more recently, electric and hybrid vehicles on a subscription basis through Steer). Facedrive Marketplace offers curated merchandise typically created from responsibly sourced materials and linked to social causes. Facedrive Foods offers contactless delivery of a wide variety of foods right to consumers’ doorsteps, with a focus on doing so in a socially and environmentally-conscious manner. Facedrive Social strives to keep people connected in a physically-distanced world through its HiQ and other e-socialization platforms that invite users to interact based on common interests and by offering gamification and mutual community support features. Facedrive Health strives to develop and offer innovative technological solutions to the most acute health challenges including its proprietary TraceSCAN wearable technology for contact tracing.
Facedrive envisions changing the ridesharing, food delivery, e-commerce, social and health tech narratives for the better, for everyone, and is currently operational in Canada and the United States.
For more about Facedrive, visit www.facedrive.com.
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