• Astra Zeneca has committed to delivering 9 million additional doses to EU member states in the first quarter of 2021.

    It's after a row with the European Commission which resulted in it deciding to trigger Article 16 of the Brexit agreement, which caused alarm in Dublin and Belfast.

    EU officials hoped it could be used to block vaccines from leaving the jurisdiction, but scrapped the plans after the idea was roundly condemned.

    GP Advisor Dr Ray Walley says extra deliveries are always welcome.


  • AstraZeneca has denied pulling out of a meeting with EU officials over delays in deliveries of its Covid-19 vaccine.

    The company insists discussions with the European Commission will go ahead later today.

    The expected shortfall in supply of the jab means Ireland will get around 300 thousand doses by the end of March - rather than 600 thousand.

    European Commission spokesperson Dana Spinant says it expects the company to fully explain the delay.

     It had been reported earlier today that the company had cancelled today's meeting.

  • The AstraZeneca Covid vaccine has been approved for use in Europe. 

    The European Medicines Agency gave it the green light this afternoon for use in people aged over 18.

    It means it can be administered to all adults, despite German experts advising not to give the jab to those aged 65 or over. 

  • Cabinet Ministers will discuss the latest setbacks for the vaccination programme when they meet this morning.

    The Taoiseach is to be briefed by the HSE and the vaccines taskforce as work continues on redrawing the roll-out plan, following  a pause in the delivery of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the decision not to give the AstraZeneca to people under 60.

    It comes as the HSE confirmed the majority of AstraZeneka clinics have been cancelled for the rest of this week.

  • A Fianna Fáil TD says he 'abhors racism' after suggesting the government buys Covid-19 vaccines from the Ku Klux Klan.

    Marc MacSharry made the comments at a parliamentary party meeting last night.

    The Sligo-Leitrim deputy was calling for Ireland to source vaccines when anywhere, when he says he used an 'appalling analogy'.

    The stalemate over the supply of AstraZeneca vaccine to EU countries continues after the company and the EU failed to reach a resolution over its rollout.

    The Pharma giant is warning of a shortage of supply - meaning Ireland will only get half of the 600,000 doses due by the end of March.

    AstraZeneca is blaming production issues at European plants, but the EU says the company has to keep its contractual obligations.

    It remains unclear what's going to happen next.

  • The green light has been given to reduce the time between administering doses of the Astra Zeneca Covid vaccine from 12 to 8 weeks.

    Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says there will be a gradual reduction in the interval between the first and second doses in the coming weeks.

    Minister Donnelly says the move will benefit in excess of 400,000 people who are waiting for their second jab.

    Further detailed planning on this aspect of the COVID-19 vaccination programme will take place over the weekend.

  • The Health Minister says talks are ongoing with AstraZeneca to secure more delivery of its Covid vaccine.

    The European Medicines Agency will decide at the end of this week if the vaccine will be authorised for use.

    There's been anger across the European Union after AstraZeneca revealed an unexpected delay in delivering millions of doses of its vaccine to EU countries.

    Stephen Donnelly says discussions are continuing to secure a good supply here in the next few weeks.

  • More European countries have temporarily suspended the use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

    Italy, Germany and France have taken the decision following a handful of reports that patients who'd been given a dose developed blood clots.

    Those behind the jab insist there's no evidence of an increased risk.

    30,000 people aren't receiving their injection here in Ireland this week after it was deferred temporarily.

    Chief Clinical Officer with the HSE, Colm Henry, believes it will be short term....

  • The National Immunisation Advisory Committee has advised reducing the gap between doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

    It has recommended 8 week intervals instead of the current 12 weeks.

    The advice could see thousands of people who've had a first dose fully vaccinated sooner than expected..

    The recommendation from NIAC has gone to the HSE which is now considering its implementation.