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Antigen tests should be available to the public for free – Mary Lou McDonald

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said antigen tests should be made available to the general public for free.

Speaking today at the Sinn Féin Ard Fhéis, McDonald said: “We have been talking about antigen tests for what seems like forever, so I think it is a good move that they are now rolling it out but I think to make it truly accessible I think it has to be free to people.”

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She accepted that antigen testing is not a silver bullet, but it would be useful in conjunction with other health measures.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said this week that he wants to develop a culture of self testing, which would mean people regularly using the rapid tests to test themselves.

It is looking likely that supplying the public with antigen tests through pharmacies will be the taken, if agreed by Government and health officials.

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Antigen tests are free to the public in the United Kingdom.

IMAGE – “Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald and Vice President Michelle O’Neill” by Sinn Féin is licensed under CCBY2.0

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