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NPHET Didn’t Account For Changes To Vaccine Roll-out When Advising Government

NPHET didn’t take into account the changes to the vaccine programme when it advised the Government o...
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NPHET Didn’t Account For Changes To Vaccine Roll-out When Advising Government

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9:26 AM - 1 Jul 2021



NPHET didn’t take into account the changes to the vaccine programme when it advised the Government on further restrictions.

It means the models Cabinet used to make a decision on delaying re-opening of indoor dining were out of date.

The models predicting hundreds of thousands of cases of the new Delta variant were a big part of the reason Ministers decided to delay re-opening.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin told Cabinet on Tuesday they included the changes to the vaccine roll-out that will allow younger people to access AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

However, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan told opposition TDs yesterday the modelling didn't take into account a faster vaccine roll-out.

The re-opening delay was savaged by some at the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael parliamentary party meetings last night.

TD Marc MacSharry said he has no confidence in the Taoiseach, and even less in party colleague and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.

While a number of TDs across both parties said if legislation is needed to ensure only vaccinated people will be allowed to dine indoors, they'll vote against it.

Main Image:Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photo: Julien Behal Photography 



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