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Ireland must step up its Covid vaccination plans to meet EU targets

Roll-out of jab is being framed as a political race

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After receiving her vaccination against the novel coronavirus, 90-year-old Odores H sits under the dome of the vaccination centre in the festival hall in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo: Boris Roessler/Getty Images

After receiving her vaccination against the novel coronavirus, 90-year-old Odores H sits under the dome of the vaccination centre in the festival hall in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo: Boris Roessler/Getty Images

After receiving her vaccination against the novel coronavirus, 90-year-old Odores H sits under the dome of the vaccination centre in the festival hall in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo: Boris Roessler/Getty Images

“Vaccination is not a race between countries – but it is a race against time,” the European Commission vice-president, Margaritis Schinas, intoned yesterday as Brussels tried to galvanise the anti-Covid 19 campaign EU-wide.

Just like in Ireland, the V-word is on everybody’s lips across Europe as lockdown restrictions are extended and tightened in most countries – and frustration at sluggish vaccine roll-out progress is beginning to irk people in large numbers.


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