As Australians struggle to get a rapid antigen test, one MP described the ongoing situation as a “hot mess.”
Home testing is becoming an increasingly elusive RAT test as the number of cases continues to skyrocket as many states change their testing rules to reduce PCR testing.
Worker Anika Wells described this situation as “Shemozul.”
“Oh, that’s a hot mess,” Lily MP told Nine.
“This is a repetitive development of the vaccine, and the Morrison government would have thought it had learned from it.”
“Now there are reports that the federal government is commanding supplies ordered by businesses because they are left flatfoot. It’s a complete shemosle.”
Backbencher’s comments followed a statement from the Department of Health that sought to alleviate concerns that the government had redirected the supply of RAT.
“The widespread report that the supply of rapid antigen test kits has been redirected to the Federal Ministry of Health is not true,” a spokesman said.
“The Ministry of Health reaffirms that it does not require all RAT supplies within and into Australia.”
About 70 million tests purchased by the federal government are expected to hit the Australian coast.
It is not yet clear where the test will be deployed and when it will be available.
On Friday, Finance Minister Simon Birmingham accused the emergence of a variant of Omicron for lack of home testing.
“If we could all predict what the Omicron variant would look like, of course we would have prepared for it in different ways,” he said.
“But in the end, we modeled very carefully how to restart for the delta variant. Omicron changed that a lot.”
A national shortage of RAT tests labeled “hot mess”
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