Rapid antigen tests should be free and universal. RATs are too expensive and subject to price gouging.
The Morrison government has chosen to commodify a critical public health measure because they’re concerned about “undercutting” pharmaceutical suppliers.
This is a public health emergency – not a free market situation.
The Greens believe rapid antigen tests should be free, equitably distributed and universally accessible.
In countries around the world, like the UK and Singapore, governments have made rapid antigen tests free and readily available to their citizens.
And the Morrison government has the ability to ensure there are enough of these tests available for everyone, without means testing, and for free. It’s simply a matter of their priorities.
Join the Greens in our call to prioritise health over profit and make rapid antigen tests free for everyone.
We must continue to ensure our public health measures keep all of us safe – because unless all of us are safe, none of us are.