Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (660)

James Lawless

Question:

660. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Health if arrangements will be made to ship and distribute a vaccine (details supplied) around the country in advance of approval in order that it is ready to go once the dosage is confirmed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2879/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The EMA has received an application for conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. The assessment of the vaccine will proceed under an accelerated timeline. An opinion on the marketing authorisation could be issued by 29 January provided, subject to the data submitted being deemed sufficiently robust to demonstrate the on the quality, safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

I am keen to secure the earliest available supply of this vaccine for use as soon as possible, subject to authorisation requirements and contractual obligations.