Ireland to begin rolling out Covid-19 vaccines 'within weeks', Health Minister says
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Ireland to begin rolling out Covid-19 vaccines 'within weeks', Health Minister says

THE END of the pandemic could finally be in sight as Ireland looks set to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in a matter of weeks.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly yesterday told RTÉ's News at One that the jab could be here as early as January as the European Medicines Agency will make a decision on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine before the end of December.

Minister Donnelly also spoke to Virgin Media News, where he said work on the vaccine was "encouraging" and we could see vaccines rolled out across Ireland in "a matter of weeks", beginning in early January.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly (Photo: Julien Behal / RollingNews.ie)
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The United Kingdom is set to roll-out the Pfizer vaccine next week, and it seems Ireland will not be too far behind, a sentiment echoed yesterday by Taoiseach Micheá Martin.

He revealed that nine freezer lorries, with the capacity to store the vaccine at temperatures between -70C and -80C, arrived in Ireland on Tuesday and are being kept in a safe place until the vaccine can be rolled out nationwide.

The European Medicines Agency have set the date of 29 December at the very latest to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The vaccine in question has been proven to be 95% effective.