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Business NZ: Govt should have approved RATs earlier

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Publish Date
Thu, 27 Jan 2022, 8:43am
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

Business NZ: Govt should have approved RATs earlier

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 27 Jan 2022, 8:43am

It's expected to be very difficult to operate a business under Omicron, without access to rapid antigen tests. 

Argument has broken out between businesses and the Ministry of Health, over whether the ministry has pushed in, taking RATs meant for businesses. 

Business New Zealand Chief Executive Kirk Hope told Tim Dower the horse has bolted, because the Government should've been approving suppliers of RATs way earlier. 

He says now there aren't going to be enough of them, and companies can't use them for surveillance testing. 

“You can only use them for return-to-work testing, so people can get back to work more quickly. Not good enough, frankly.” 

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