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Plans for Government to subsidise antigen tests yet to be finalised

Government plans to subsidise antigen tests for the general population are yet to be finalised.

The Government is considering subsidising the rapid tests through pharmacies.

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Currently, one antigen test can cost less than €10, and a pack of five can cost up to €30.

The plan to subsidise the rapid tests remains despite reports over the weekend that Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan sent an email to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly warning against the plan to subsidise tests.

A Cabinet sub-committee yesterday discussed support measures for the hospitality sector.

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The committee discussed the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) and the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

The PUP was cut last week, and Government have ruled out reinstating the payment.

IMAGE – “Negative Covid-19 test” by Marco Verch (CCBY2.0)/Stephen Donnelly

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