A nationwide shortage of rapid antigen testing has been identified as a “hot mess” as the desperate Aussies race to stockpile supplies.
While Australians are struggling to get their hands on a quick antigen test, one MP described the ongoing situation as a “hot mess”.
As many states change their test rules to scale PCR tests, in-house tests have become increasingly elusive RAT tests as the number of cases continues to grow.
Labor’s Anika Wells describes the situation as “shamozol”.
“Oh, it’s a hot mess,” Lily told MP Nine.
“It’s a repeat of the fragile vaccine rollout and you thought the Morrison government would learn from it.”
“We have now received reports that the federal government is commanding supplies ordered by businesses, as their flats have been set ablaze. It’s just a complete mess. “
The backbencher’s comments follow a statement from the Department of Health that the government sought to address concerns about redirecting RAT supplies.
“Extensive reports that the supply of rapid antigen test kits is being redirected to the Commonwealth Health Department are untrue,” a spokesman said.
“The Department of Health reaffirms that the Department has not requested the provision of all RAT for entry into and out of Australia.”
About 70 million tests bought by the federal government are expected to hit the Australian coast.
It is not yet clear where the tests will be placed or when they will come for use.
On Friday, Finance Minister Simon Birmingham blamed a lack of home-based testing for the rise of the Omicron variant.
“If we could all predict what the Omicron variant would look like, we would be prepared for it in a variety of ways,” he said.
“But in the end, we modeled very carefully on how we would reopen against the Delta variant. Omicron has changed a lot. “
Originally published as The nationwide deficit in RAT testing has been identified as a ‘hot mess’