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Professor Luke O’Neill ‘delighted’ that antigen testing will be widely used in Ireland

Professor Luke O’Neill has stated that he is delighted with the news that antigen testing will be widely used in Ireland.

This comes following an announcement that close contacts of people who test positive for Covid-19 will be required to get an antigen test.

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O’Neill stated that he doesn’t understand why antigen tests were approved for wide use in Ireland much sooner.

It’s understood that work will be underway to see if antigen tests could be used to help facilitate some events and activities.

Health officials have previously been reluctant to approve antigen testing for wide use in Ireland, expressing concerns over their reliability compared to PCR tests.

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However, O’Neill stated that officials have now “bitten the bullet” while adding, “Almost every European country does this – now in Ireland, at last, will see antigen testing widely, we hope.”

He also stated that households should be sent around a dozen tests, so people can test themselves before they head out.

In regards to venues such as nightclubs, O’Neill said that antigen tests are already being used in other countries and that it’s something he believes needs to be done in Ireland as well.

IMAGE – “File:Professor Luke O’Neill FRS.jpg” by Duncan.Hull is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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