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Government committee calls on Tony Holohan to explain opposition to Covid-19 antigen tests

A Government committee has called Chief Medical Officer, Tony Holohan, to appear before the committee to explain his opposition to Covid-19 antigen testing.

A meeting of the Oireachtas Transport Committee today heard from many experts championing to the use of antigen tests.

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The meeting ended with the committee calling for Dr. Tony Holohan to explain his opposition to the tests.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has continuously criticised antigen tests, and strongly warned against use of such tests in the general public.

Antigen tests are being used by a myriad of countries around the world, including in the EU, as an extra layer in defense against the spread of Covid-19.

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Committee chairman, Kieran O’Donnell TD, said in the conclusive stage of the meeting that “we reiterate our invite to CMO Dr Tony Holohan and his colleagues to come in before us”.

“We’ll be following up with them.”

One of the speakers at the committee today was Dr. Michael Mina, a professor of epidemiology at Harvard University.

Mina stated his view that antigen tests are an effective tool at reducing the spread of Covid-19, due to the tests ability to detect virus when a person is most infectious.

It is currently unclear when, or if, Dr. Tony Holohan or other members of NPHET will appear before the committee to explain their position on antigen tests.

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