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Where are the rapid tests?

January 22, 2021

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TORONTO — Mike Schreiner released the following statement in response to the (lack of) rapid testing in Ontario:

“In November Ford promised that rapid tests would be a “game changer”.

So why aren’t we seeing a wide-spread deployment of rapid tests as part of a safe workplace plan – including schools and Long Term Care homes?

There are millions of rapid tests manufactured in Ontario that are ready for deployment and could be used as part of safe reopening strategy.

In my riding alone, Precision Biomonitoring in Guelph and Songbird LIfe Science in Guelph have had rapid tests approved by Health Canada and purchased elsewhere in Canada but not from the Government of Ontario.

We are all paying the price for the Premier’s “watered down” strategies to combat Covid-19.

I’m calling on Ford to implement a safe workplace plan, starting with robust rapid testing and paid sick days.”