Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has stated that the government is considering subsidising antigen tests for the population.
He also stated that rapid antigen tests will be used to test the close contacts of school children.
Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week, Donnelly said that this could be rolled out before Christmas.
He said that although schools remain low-risk environments, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan and the Government are discussing the issue.
Donnelly added that Ireland has already signed up to a joint EU procurement process to access new anti-viral drugs for treating Covid-19 which he said will “play a very substantial role”.
Donnelly also said that the stabilisation in hospitalisations and ICU admissions over the past ten days will get the current Covid-19 waves under control.
He described this as “very encouraging” and attributed the booster programme to the stabilisation of hospitalisations.
He said that the booster vaccine is “already working in the over 75s and we need it to work for everybody”.
IMAGE – “Negative Covid-19 test” by Marco Verch (CCBY2.0)/Stephen Donnelly