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Dr. Tony Holohan appears before Dáil committee to discuss opposition to antigen testing

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan has appeared before a Dáil committee to discuss antigen testing and its use in Irish society.

Holohan and other members of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) have expressed concern over the rapid test, due to the accuracy level of the test.

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The CMO went on to say that antigen testing was being examined by NPHET.

However, he said he was not aware of any quality validation study on the use of antigen testing and their effectiveness in regards to international travel.

Fianna Fáil TD James O’Connor said Ireland is taking a lackadaisical approach to antigen testing, considering nations from around the world have been using the test for months.

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The Committee said that they were not saying antigen testing should be used in place of PCR testing, but that both should be used together.

Tony Holohan said that he believes the safest way to reopen is to use current public health measures and by amplifying the vaccination programme.

He went on to say that antigen tests could give people the green light to partake in various activities, but may pose certain risks due to the tests effectiveness.

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