Following talks between Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, the Irish government is set to buy one million Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from Romania.
The Taoiseach described this as very good news for Ireland and it’s expected that the vaccines will arrive in Ireland as soon as possible.
In a statement made this evening, Martin said, “In a show of solidarity with Ireland, and with the people of Ireland, Klaus is anxious to help, given the Delta variant, given the fact that we’re in close proximity to the United Kingdom, and the impact on Northern Ireland and the fact that we have such a high uptake of vaccines in Ireland that we need additional supplies and in principle, we’ve reached an agreement that they’ll supply us with a million RNA vaccines.”
Martin noted how Romania’s vaccine uptake was not as significant as Ireland’s high level of vaccine uptake to which he said some European leaders “are taken aback” by.
The logistics of the Romanian deal and when the doses will arrive in the country have yet to be worked out.
With this mornings announcement being made that those aged 18-34 will be able to register for the Covid-19 vaccine, the Taoiseach was asked if there will be sufficient supplies of vaccine doses in order to satisfy the demand for those aged 18-34; he replied with, “There’s limited supplies so far but we’re working on trying to increase that supply, particularly of Janssen, but there will be about 175,000.”