Newton Emerson: Minding the cross-Border vaccine gap
Restriction differences between North and South are set to dwindle as roadmap appears
Belfast: It will not be necessary to seal the Border to stop infected hordes of southerners returning from northern pubs, cinemas and hotels.
The Northern Ireland executive is due to reveal its roadmap out of lockdown on Monday. The announcement will be several hours late if precedent is any guide and several days late if the DUP decides to have an argument over reopening schools.
Whenever the dates and details emerge, it should put to rest concerns of a prolonged, significant cross-Border difference in the epidemic. Northerners will not be skipping around in the sunshine after Easter while southerners stay confined until summer or beyond. The vaccine gap that has caused this scenario to be increasingly speculated upon in the Republic should be closing fast within one to two months and effectively gone within three, assuming plans remain on schedule.