January 23rd local time, Irish Prime Minister Michelle Martin told the media that Ireland may continue to face strict pandemic control in the first six months of 2021.
He said that especially after the discovery of the mutant virus in the United Kingdom, the Irish government is wary and conservative about the country’s “restart” and that Ireland will implement long-term pandemic prevention measures before the vaccine is rolled out.
On the 22nd, AstraZeneca informed the European Commission that the delivery of its vaccine may be delayed compared with previous forecasts.
Prime Minister Martin said that vaccination for the 70+ age group in Ireland will be delayed due to the production of AstraZeneca vaccine.
The Irish Health Service said that the vaccination of the next group of medical staff may be postponed to February.