Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed the completion of a vaccine deal between Ireland and Romania, with 700,000 Pfizer/BioNTech doses secured.
While welcoming the news, Martin stated that the doses will provide an extra boost to the vaccine rollout “which continues to experience huge support and uptake from the Irish public”.
Romania began selling its mRNA vaccine doses to other countries as a result of low vaccine uptake in the state, with Ireland offering to buy 1 million doses.
The Taoiseach stated that the additional Pfizer vaccines will ensure that there are enough doses for the next phase of the vaccine rollout over the autumn months.
According to the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, the doses will be administered throughout the month and allow us to ramp up the vaccination programme.
According to the latest vaccine statistics, more than 5.9 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland.
Over 3.1 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 2.5 million have received both doses. It was also announced last week that those aged 12 to 15 years old will be allowed to register for the vaccine.