Ireland is getting very close to the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a leading immunologist.
There was a note of optimism at the latest NPHET press conference due to the strong progress in the vaccine programme.
Takeaway from today's NPHET briefing was things seem to be moving in right direction
Was feared Delta would cause exponential growth. Cases up, but not nearly as much as feared.
Vaccinations steaming ahead. And now talk of restrictions easing in coming weeks. Cautious optimism.
— Paul O'Donoghue (@paulodonoghue93) July 28, 2021
There were 1,408 new cases confirmed yesterday, with 9 deaths confirmed over the last week.
Professor of Immunology at Maynooth University, Paul Moynagh, says the virus could be changing course.
He says Ireland could be shifting from a pandemic to an endemic, where the virus exists "in the background".
Prof Moynagh says most people will not get very ill from Covid, thanks to vaccines and previous infection.