The Ministry of Health is taking precautionary measures and stocking up on rapid tests, PCR tests and vaccines.

Minister of Health Paulette Lenert and Director of Health Dr Jean-Claude Schmit confirm preparations are underway ahead of the autumn season, when Covid could make a stronger return.

Vaccine orders have been placed, with Luxembourg expecting half a million doses of Moderna and 260,000 doses of Pfizer by the end of 2022. The potential reopening of vaccination centres is also in the planning.

The country's vaccination and testing strategy entirely depends on whether the Omicron BA.5 variant remains dominant, or whether a new, more infectious strain takes over.

The options available to the Ministry of Health include, for example, antigen testing in sensitive structures such as schools, hospitals and care homes. For this, 3 million rapid tests are available at any given moment.

In the autumn, antibody tests will again be carried out in care homes to understand how high the immunity level is among older people.

This information on the testing strategy was provided by LSAP Minister Paulette Lenert in response to a parliamentary question from CSV Co-President Martine Hansen.

She also confirmed there is no shortage of both antigen and PCR tests. Meanwhile, Large Scale Testing should be resorted to in the event of a worst case scenario.