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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Antigen tests likely to be used in schools – Donnelly

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said the Government is considering providing subsidised antigen tests for the population.

Donnelly further said it is likely that antigen testing will be deployed to test close contacts of school children.

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He said schools remain low risk environments, but the Government and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan are discussing the issue.

Donnelly went on to say that Ireland has signed up to a joint EU procurement process to access new anti-viral drugs for treating Covid-19.

The Minister said these new therapeutics are going to play a substantial role in Ireland’s dealing with Covid-19.

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He said the authorisation is ongoing at the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Donnelly continued to say that it is a “very serious issue” that the number of hospitality outlets not checking peoples Digital Covid-19 Pass is increasing in Ireland.

He said the large minority of businesses in this sector not complying “have very serious questions to answer”.

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