Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan urged the Government to not provide subsidised antigen tests after it was decided by Cabinet to go ahead.
Holohan warned that such a move could result in an increase rather than a decrease in cases. However, it’s expected that the Government will be continuing with their plan of subsidising antigen tests.
Holohan wrote to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly on Wednesday morning that the Government would be wrong to go ahead with subsidising tests, saying that tests could be used incorrectly by people.
Holohan has historically been opposed to antigen tests, issuing warnings about their misuse and giving people false security.
In his letter, Holohan cited research that showed the danger of people using the tests incorrectly while stating that they risked promoting infection when used incorrectly.
IMAGE – PA IMAGES/”Negative Covid-19 / SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen” by Marco Verch (CC BY 2.0)