Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (864)

Paul McAuliffe

Question:

864. Deputy Paul McAuliffe asked the Minister for Health his views on the recent Covid-19 vaccine announcements by companies (details supplied); his plans to purchase these vaccines when available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38416/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I welcome the announcements on Covid-19 vaccinations in development that have been in the media in recent days. However, it is important to note that no vaccine for Covid-19 is yet approved for use.

Ireland is currently involved in an EU Procurement Exercise being operated by the European Commission on behalf of member states to procure a portfolio of suitable, safe and effective vaccines, in sufficient quantities, to combat COVID-19.

Any vaccines that are covered by the EU's portfolio will require market authorisation from the European Medicines Agency prior to use.