Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Jamie Schmale is calling on Health Canada to take action: approve rapid testing.

“From what I’m reading, there are good developments on vaccines and treatments that are making significant progress,” Schmale said in an interview with Rick Lowes on the Moose Morning Show on 93.5 Moose FM. Until a vaccine is created, Schmale said the key to getting through the pandemic is rapid testing.

He told Lowes that rapid testing is available in the United States and some parts of Europe, but not yet available to Canadians. “This is something the government has been very neglectful on,” he said. “Canada has been slow to approve these tests.”

During the interview, Schmale mentioned how some people are suffering from “COVID fatigue” and he understands why. He said that to be able to travel wherever by car to other parts of the province or by plane, rapid testing is necessary. “Then you can isolate that infected person and slow the spread,” he added. “Until we have that, it’s going to tough to get back to normal.”

He said Health Minister Patty Hajdu has been questioned about the idea multiple times during Question Period in the House of Commons, but Schmale said she hasn’t given an adequete answer yet.

Schmale said that being able to get a test done in three minutes would make life so much easier for Canadians. “No waiting in line, no waiting 48 hours to get your results,” he claimed. “It’s so frustrating that health canada doesn’t see the urgency in approving these tests.”