8.9 C
Ireland
Thursday, December 9, 2021

‘Naive’ to think vaccines would be enough against Covid-19 – NPHET

Member of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory Dr. Cillian de Gasgun has stated that it was “naive” to think that vaccines would be enough against Covid-19.

He stated that Ireland was on a  “very concerning and worrying trajectory” with the Delta variant “not quite as susceptible to the vaccine” as originally thought.

-AD-

He told Newstalk that this combined with the waning vaccine efficacy has put the country on its current path.

“I think we all thought that when we saw the effectiveness of the vaccines that we’d be in a better position, and maybe that was a little bit, I suppose, naive if we look back on it”.

He added that we had to go with the data that was available at the time and that we were dealing primarily with a different virus.

-AD-

He acknowledged that it was fair to have concerns if similar hopes have now been placed on the boosters.

“I think it’s a valid fear. And I think the challenge with Covid over the last couple of years is that nobody can tell you what’s going to happen.”

IMAGE – PA Images

POPULAR

WHO recommends boosters for certain groups

The World Health Organisation's (WHO) vaccine advisory panel has recommended that people who are immunocompromised or received an inactivated vaccine should be...

Government announces two-month extension to wage subsidy scheme

The Government has announced a two-month extension to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) to aid businesses impacted by the new restrictions.

Schools in Denmark to close early for Christmas over Covid-19 surge

In an effort to quell a surge in Covid-19 cases, schools in Denmark will be closing early for the Christmas break.

HSE says booster appointments system is ‘imperfect’ but gives people more choice

The HSE has acknowledged that the booster appointment booking system is imperfect. People have been receiving vaccine appointments after...
Ireland
overcast clouds
8.9 ° C
9.2 °
8 °
86 %
5.8kmh
100 %
Thu
8 °
Fri
6 °
Sat
12 °
Sun
12 °
Mon
11 °