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Ontario Premier Doug Ford, alongside Deputy Premier and Health Minister Christine Elliott, held a briefing on Wednesday in Huntsville, Ont. as the province continues its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ontario will be expanding COVID-19 for asymptomatic individuals in pharmacies, announced Elliott. Starting Friday, people with no symptoms of the coronavirus can visit select pharmacies by appointment only for free testing, as part of the government’s fall preparedness plan.
In addition, Ford announced expanded saliva testing for COVID-19 at three hospitals in the province. This method of testing is less invasive, and is easier for children than the traditional nasal swab. He also called upon Health Canada regarding further expansion of saliva testing, stating all he “hears are crickets” from the organization.
The premier further voiced his frustration with Health Canada because when asked about hours-long wait times for COVID-19 tests across the province, Ford said that “Health Canada has been sitting on their hands” in his opinion, adding that the organization lacks a sense of urgency, and as a result, he’s “handcuffed” on additional testing ramp-ups. He reassured Canadians that he believes Ontario leads the country in coronavirus testing.
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