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Micheál Martin’s hopes of Covid redemption are blighted by an EU vaccine malaise

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People queue in large numbers to receive their vaccine at a centre in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters

People queue in large numbers to receive their vaccine at a centre in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters

People queue in large numbers to receive their vaccine at a centre in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters

Micheál Martin was pretty exultant after an EU leaders’ video summit in late January. After hours of talks with his 26 counterparts, the Taoiseach said that by April Ireland would have strong Covid-19 vaccine supplies – and then the real challenge would be efficiently getting those jabs into arms.

Mr Martin reflected that it was all good for Ireland – one of the EU’s smaller states – to avail of the combined buying power of 27 states representing 450 million people. The alternative of going it alone in a crowded and hyper-competitive world vaccine market would leave Ireland paying more for less, to be delivered later.


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