Canada’s COVID-19 testing system a ‘failure’ of all governments

As the Omicron variant becomes the dominant strain of the coronavirus in Canada, demand for COVID-19 rapid tests and PCR testing has surged. Many regions across the country have struggled to meet that demand in the midst of the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s something that the Public Policy Forum’s Sean Speer says “is a pox on everyone’s house.” On this episode of Editor’s Edition, Speer says Canada’s move to impose travel restrictions in the wake of the Omicron variant was “in a way an expression of failure” of Canada’s testing regime.

“There have been people calling for major investments and testing really since early 2020,” Speer said.

“And it seems to me, that's an issue where Canada's political class has not yet been held accountable are ongoing challenges with respect to the accessibility of, of testing.”

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