Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will bring a memo to Cabinet today on Ireland signing up to a fifth Covid-19 vaccine, which is produced by Moderna.
The State had signed up to four vaccines already – AstraZeneca, Jansen, Sanofi and Pfizer.
Moderna has said it will apply for US and European emergency authorisation of its vaccine, based on full results from a late-stage study showing its vaccine was 94.1% effective with no serious safety concerns.
Vaccine efficacy against the disease was 94.1% and vaccine efficacy against severe Covid-19 was 100%, the company stated.
They further said the jab is generally well tolerated with no serious safety concerns identified.