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Government to proceed with subsidised antigen tests

The Government is to go ahead with its plan to subsidise antigen tests for the Irish population.

It is understood that Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan sent an email to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly warning against the Government’s plan to roll out antigen tests at a reduced price.

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Holohan restated his position that these rapid tests could be used incorrectly and could lead to a further rise in cases.

The Government is aiming to sign off on the plans at next Tuesday’s cabinet meeting.

Minister Donnelly is proposing to apply a universal subsidy which would then be deducted from the retailer’s price.

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