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.