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.