Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that Ireland is to receive an extra 545,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with delivery to begin this month.
The extra doses are part of a deal struck between EU and Pfizer/BioNTech for an additional 50 million Covid-19 vaccine over the next three months.
Welcome news that Ireland will be receiving close to 545,000 extra BioNTech-Pfizer vaccines, starting this month. https://t.co/MD4L0FdHup— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) April 14, 2021
The news comes after Johnson & Johnson said it would delay its European rollout, a major hit for the EU’s immunisation campaign as several countries battle rising caseloads.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said that would bring the total number of BioNTech/Pfizer doses for April, May and June to 250 million, accounting for more than half of all jabs to be given in this quarter.
Today we have reached 100 million vaccinations in the EU. A milestone we can be proud of!— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) April 14, 2021
We are also accelerating the delivery of vaccines.
We spare no effort to ensure that Europeans can be vaccinated as fast as possible. #StrongerTogether