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Taoiseach says limited vaccine roll out during January and February

NINTCHDBPICT000595894231.md.jpg Taoiseach says limited vaccine supplies in January, February

The Taoiseach has said the rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will begin in the week after its expected approval by the European Medicines Agency.

The EMA is expected to give its decision on 29 December and Micheál Val said once that happens he hopes that in the following week that the rollout will begin, starting with nursing home residents and healthcare staff.

However, he warned that "'we cannot let down our guard down" on Covid-19 because a vaccine is on the horizon, and that further restrictions may be introduced in January.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Val said the vaccine is a complementary tool to other public health measures and "will add significantly to our armory in putting pressure on this virus".

He said the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has to be carefully handled and the Government will tomorrow announce plans on how it will be administered.


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