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Covid doesn't do 9-to-5, so why does vaccine campaign?

Eoin O'Malley


We should be getting the first dose of the vaccine into as many people who need it as soon as we possibly can, writes Eoin O'Malley

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Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly with the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly with the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly with the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

If 2020 was a slow, long slog, 2021 should be a race to get us back to normal. At the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organisation public health official, Dr Mike Ryan, told governments that "speed trumps perfection". He warned them that if you need to be certain before you move, you will never win against a virus.

The new year isn't starting well. The huge increase in numbers in December means we enter 2021 back in lockdown. Nphet blames it on us. The chief medical officer told us that our "substantial amount of socialising" over Christmas gave the virus "ample opportunity" to spread. The Government prefers to blame the new, more transmissible variant of the virus.


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