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Covid-19 Pandemic

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 9 June 2020

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Questions (324)

Fergus O'Dowd


324. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health if Ireland is in discussions with the UK in terms of making a Covid-19 vaccine available to both jurisdictions if and when trials are successful that would run additionally to an EU agreement for access; if his officials have met with their UK counterparts on this matter; if so, the details of those discussions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9726/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Leading experts, scientists and medicine manufacturers around the world, including in Ireland, are working collaboratively on the development of treatments and vaccines to rapidly respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as at 15th May, there are already eight candidate vaccines in clinical evaluation and 110 in pre-clinical evaluation. No decisions have yet been made on the distribution of an as yet undiscovered vaccine. It is expected that global coordination and agreement on allocating stocks to countries around the world will be the basis for distribution.