Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan.
Last night/this morning.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, has warned that international travel posed a significant rona risk. It follows Tanaiste Leo Varadkar’s advice yesterday asking people booking flights for Christmas to delay that decision.
“One of the biggest risks will be the re-importation of the disease through international travel,” said Dr Holohan.
When asked if travelling on compassionate grounds, such as a grandchild visiting here from abroad, would be allowed, Dr Holohan said inbound travel from other countries was now a bigger risk because they have higher rates of infection growth than we have.
He said: “We would feel the kind of travel that would normally happen at Christmas time, people coming back to spend time with their loved ones, which we all understand and facilitate, we regard as non-essential for this Christmas.”
Asked if he would be in favour of the vaccine being mandatory, [Trinity biochemist professor] Luke O’Neill said “that’s a tricky one.”
“What they’ve done in the past: you don’t make it against the law, you exclude people. So one prediction here is that you cannot travel unless you have the vaccine, and that would incentivise people. That’s a better way to do it,” O’Neill claimed.
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Something extremely bogus is going on. Was tested for covid four times today. Two tests came back negative, two came back positive. Same machine, same test, same nurse. Rapid antigen test from BD.
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