• Britain has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use and said that it will be rolled out from early next week.Priority groups will be first to receive the vaccine - including care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly and the clinically-vulnerable.

    Here, it's reported this morning that the State will pick up the liability for any claims resulting from COVID-19 vaccinations.

    The companies producing the vaccine have been indemnified under the advanced purchase contracts signed with the European Commission.

    The State Claims Agency will have responsibility for any claims and it's expected to be discussed by the expert group responsible for the roll-out of a vaccine.

    The Department of Health has stressed that no vaccine will be rolled out in Ireland without European Medicines Agency authorisation and there will be ongoing monitoring of its success.

    Meanwhile, the Taoiseach has rejected the idea that Ireland should appoint a minister with sole responsibility for rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine.

  • The Health Minister says he'd like to see the Pfizer vaccine rolled out to 12-15 year olds with underlying conditions as quickly as possible.

    The European Medicines Agency has approved the jab for children of that age after a trial found it was safe to use.

    There's been no advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee yet on rolling it out here.

    Minister Stephen Donnelly says one option is to make it part of a school vaccination programme.

  • Pfizer and BioNTech say their coronavirus vaccine is even more effective than previously thought.

    They say the latest data shows a 95 percent success rate - up from 90 initially.

    It's also met safety criteria - and will be submitted to US regulators for approval within days.

    Ireland is set to get over 2.2 million doses of the vaccine if its approved for distribution, which would cover 1.1 million people.

  • The European Commission has agreed with Pfizer for 10 million more vaccines to be delivered to member states in quarter two of this year.

    The consignment will be taken from the promised delivery due in the Autumn.

    It's expected to mean an extra 100,000 doses for Ireland in the second quarter.

    Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation is investigating the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine at a special meeting today.

    It comes after several countries, including Ireland, temporarily suspended the rollout of the drug following reports of "blood clots".

    The European Medicines Agency is also meeting today with a decision expected to be made on the AstraZeneca vaccine on Thursday.

    The number of people in hospitals with Covid-19 has fallen after increases over the past two days.

    355 patients with the virus are being treated in public hospitals  today- with 85 of these patients in ICU.

    This includes 21 Covid patients at Mayo University Hospital - down from 23 yesterday - with 7 at Galway University Hospital at 5 at Sligo University Hospital.