Saliva Testing Comes Far Too Late

Published: Wed 14 Jul 2021 01:28 PM
“It's taken the Government more than six months to adopt a new technology based on evidence everyone had in February,” says ACT’s Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden.
“The Government’s ability to work with private business and adopt new technology is hopeless, as we have been saying all along.
“ACT first called for saliva testing in February in Parliament raising evidence from the Journal of American Medical Associations.
“In the meantime, pilots and border workers have had to endure swabs repeatedly shoved up their noses when there was an alternative all along.
“Hipkins today said "saliva testing is an increasingly viable and reliable method for public health surveillance purposes".
“He needs to explain what’s changed since February and why it’s taken so long.
“There are plenty of other ideas in our COVID 2.0 plan, I implore Jacinda Ardern and Chris Hipkins to have a read and adopt more of our plans so we can be more proactive instead of reacting when things go wrong."
A full list of 15 policy proposals are available to the Government, free of charge from ACT here:

Next in New Zealand politics

Next Steps To Improve Safety In Wake Of Whakaari White Island Tragedy
By: New Zealand Government
Expert Group Appointed To Lead New Zealand’s Future Health System
By: New Zealand Government
Kiwis Overseas Must Be Allowed To Vote Next Year
By: Green Party
Power bill changes bring fairness to charges
By: New Zealand Government
Govt parks the expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
By: New Zealand Government
Highest jump in weekly benefit numbers since first lockdown
By: Child Poverty Action Group
Bay Of Plenty District Health Board Chair Sharon Shea Appointed Co-Chair Of The Māori Health Authority
By: Bay of Plenty District Health Board
Senior Doctors Call For Strong Clinical Voice To Lead Health Reforms
By: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
NZMA Welcomes Health System Board Appointments
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media