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Deployment of Rapid Screening

This morning the Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued the below letter to all Provincial and Territorial Premiers.  We are very pleased to add our signature to this letter as did every Provicinal and Territorial Chamber, we have also shared this letter with Honorable Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services
Re: Deployment of rapid screening
Dear Premiers:
As Canada enters a new and more dangerous phase of the pandemic, our priority must be to protect the health of our population as we permit the safe operation of our economy. Achieving this goal will require close collaboration among governments, public health authorities, and other organizations, including businesses.
The increasing rollout of vaccinations has brought hope to Canadians, but it will be several months before everyone who wants the vaccine is fully immunized. Until then, we need to aggressively implement a range of measures to break COVID-19’s transmission chain.
Rapid screening, which enables people who may be infectious to be identified and directed towards a confirmatory PCR test, is critical to keeping the disease in check. Unfortunately, the use of this essential tool that can save lives and help the reopening of our economy has been slow and uneven across Canada. When millions of test kits sit unused in warehouses, they are not protecting Canadians or helping them resume more ordinary lives.
Full Letter
Government of Canada increases access to COVID-19 rapid testing for workers - link
Canadian Chamber of Commerce response - link

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