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Cullinane asks for review on antigen testing

Cullinane asks for review on antigen testing

A Waterford TD says it's vital that the country is given a Covid-19 plan on the 19th of July.

That's the date when the resumption of indoor hospitality is set to be looked at again.

Sinn FΓ©in's David Cullinane raised the issue with the Health Minister in the Dail this morning during a discussion on the vaccination rollout plan.

Deputy Cullinane says a clear plan is needed for public engagement and confidence

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"Is it possible that again there will be more delays?

"I think it's really important that people have a sense that what we will get next time is a plan.

"And as part of that, we need to see revised timeframes and a revised scheduling of the vaccine rollout."

The Sinn FΓ©in Deputy has also asked for a review of the use of antigen testing here in Ireland.

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David Cullinane raised the issue with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly this morning during a discussion on the vaccine roll-out.

Antigen testing is a rapid diagnostic test for Covid-19 infection.

Speaking in the Dail, the Waterford Sinn Fein TD says he isn't suggesting that they replace PCR testing.

"Nobody has ever said that antigen testing can be a replacement for PCR testing.

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"I understand the points which have been made by the CMO, but he has never said he is against antigen testing.

"What he has said is that they aren't a replacement for PCR, but they do play a role."

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