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Australia: Website helping Australians locate Rapid Antigen Test kits

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Australians desperate to get their hands on a rapid antigen tests as wait times to Covid testing clinics explode have a new weapon.

The website Find a RAT was launched on Monday to help Australians locate a testing kit as stocks dwindle with so many people catching Omicron.

Created by software developer Matt Hayward, the website uses crowdsourced data, to allow shoppers to update whether a store has rapid testing kits in stock.

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Dots marked green on the map indicate tests are 'in stock', 'low stock' in orange and 'no stock' in red.

Mr Hayward said the idea for the website came to him when he saw how frustrated his girlfriend became while trying to acquire a test kit.

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'I started the website after my partner was looking for a test and had no luck,' he told Seven News.

'I thought I'd put my tech skills to use and build out the site today.'

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Mr Hayward built the site in a matter of hours, allowing users to search for test kits using their postcode.

He is working through teething issues and trying to improve the code to combat illegitimate reports made to the site.

Instagram page Bondi_lines also provides updates on RAT kit locations and approximate wait times for Covid-19 PCR test clinics in Sydney.

The page shares regular updates to Instagram reporting three hour wait times for some testing clinics in Sydney as cases surge to 23,131 on Tuesday.

It also reports on rapid test kit stock levels including price updates, which it shares with the Find a Rat website.

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One post shared on Tuesday morning reported a pack of five rapid antigen tests repackaged and sold for a grossly inflated $90 at a pharmacy in Bondi Junction.

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Pharmacy and supermarket shelves have been stripped bare of rapid antigen tests in recent weeks with some stores now charging up to $20 for a single test.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is under pressure for not making them free, as many people are unable to afford even the standard $10-$15 price tag.

'We're at another stage of this pandemic now where we just can't go round and make everything free,' Mr Morrison told Sunrise on Monday.

'We have to live with this virus. This isn't a medicine, it's a test. And so there's a difference between those two things.'

NSW and Victoria have each secured millions of free rapid tests, which will be distributed to the public by the end of January.

The Prime Minister said he was working with states and territories to reduce the price for vulnerable groups with 'concessional access to pensioners and others'.

The cost of subsidising the tests will be shared 50/50 with states and territories.

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