Montreal, parts of British Columbia, and Alberta have started to ration Covid-19 PCR tests as Omicron cases reach record numbers across Canada. Politicians didn't want to make moves that they perceived as unpopular. Covid fatigue is setting in among the population; our leaders didn't want to take the political risk of doing the right thing - at the expense of the rest of us.
Thus far, it is fair to say that Canada's strategy around rapid testing has been focused on preserving capitalist interests, while workers' interests have been cast aside. While Canada is confronted with a looming Omicron wave, rapid tests could play a crucial role in public health, if Canadian governments would allow it.