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Ireland considers European regulator’s green light for AstraZeneca jab

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Ireland’s top health advisers are considering a ruling by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is “safe and effective”.

The Republic paused its rollout of the AstraZeneca jab in an “abundance of caution” following the raising of concerns around blood clots.

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said he welcomed the EMA making its position clear.

He said the ruling would be discussed further on Thursday night and Friday morning before a position was arrived at.

Speaking at a National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) press conference, Dr Glynn said the National Immunisation Advisory Committee was meeting with counterparts across Europe following the statement by the EMA on the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine.

“They’ll be considering it further this evening and tomorrow morning, and the HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Authority) are reviewing the statement and the findings,” he said.

“We’ll be deliberating between the organisations tonight and tomorrow morning, and we’ll issue an update tomorrow once we have come to a position.”

Just to reassure, we will respond quickly to whatever decision is recommended and communicated onwards to us

Earlier, Health Service Executive (HSE) chief executive Paul Reid said the decision to pause the AstraZeneca jab demonstrated the “huge emphasis that we will continuously put on safety of the population”.

He added: “Just to reassure, we will respond quickly to whatever decision is recommended and communicated onwards to us.

“Despite this disappointment, we should, in my view, say the glass is half full.

“We have administered around 620,000 vaccinations, and we are witnessing, every day, the collapsing infection rates amongst residents in long-term care facilities, on healthcare workers and the oldest age groups in the population.”

The HSE anticipates that between 70,000 and 75,000 vaccines will be administered next week in the over-70s population.

Mr Reid said there was “some concern” that the daily case numbers were no longer falling as they had been in recent weeks.

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