AstraZeneca tells HSE vaccine deliveries can be expected by mid-February

Donnelly tells Cabinet colleagues there is a clear protocol in place for Covid-19 vaccinations

The European Commission wants to set up a mechanism that would allow the sharing of surplus Covid-19 vaccines with poorer neighbouring states and Africa, EU health chief Stella Kyriakides has said. Video: Reuters

The European Commission has said that Covid-19 vaccines cannot be delivered before they get regulatory approval, denting Ireland’s hopes of securing early supplies of the AstraZeneca shot.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said last weekend that discussions were under way on securing early deliveries of the vaccine to enable it to be rolled out immediately following regulatory approval.

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