WATCH LIVE: Prime Minister Scott Morrison holds press conference after National Cabinet meeting

The prime minister will appear at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon after another urgent national cabinet meeting.

It comes as Scott Morrison rules out making rapid antigenic testing free, despite growing calls to make it available to everyone.

The PM will appear at 5:10 p.m. AEDT. You can watch the press conference LIVE in the video player above.

Following widespread shortages of rapid tests and large queues at PCR testing clinics across the country, the prime minister said the tests would not be rolled out freely.

“What we’re focusing on is making sure the tests are there for those who need them for health reasons,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

“The tests are free if you need them and must have one because you are close contact or are symptomatic.”

Mr Morrison said 160 million rapid tests will arrive in Australia soon.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr denounced the prime minister ahead of the national cabinet meeting, saying states and territories were working together in the absence of Commonwealth aid.

Barr also said the prime minister’s plan to subsidize the cost of rapid testing for dealers “requires a bit of work.”

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