I can begin to respond on behalf of Canada Border Services Agency, the client of Public Services and Procurement Canada in this matter. I will provide the background, and let my colleagues speak to the process in detail.
At the time, the situation was pressing and the Public Health Agency of Canada had an urgent need. So we asked three companies if they could help us and create an application in a month. Two companies responded. We didn't have the expertise or the time to put it out to bid in March 2020. We ended up doing it later with help from the department.