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Govt Agrees Deal To Purchase 700,000 Pfizer Vaccines From Romania

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Deliveries to begin this month

Ireland has completed a deal to buy 700,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from Romania, following weeks of negotiation.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the move will help to speed up the vaccine roll-out through August.

The Health Minister  confirmed the agreement this afternoon.

Minister Donnelly was quoted, saying, "[T]he agreement underlines the benefits of European solidarity with regards to vaccine procurement."

The doses will arrive throughout the month, from manufacturing facilities in Belgium, having originally been allocated to the Romanians.

The original deal was for 700,000 Pfizer doses and a further 300,000 Moderna vaccines - with sources noting the latter part of the deal is still being worked on.

The Taoiseach has said the supply will support the next phases of the vaccine roll-out through the summer and autumn months.

Stephen Donnelly has said exact dates for the arrival of the extra vaccines has yet to be confirmed confirmed, but delivery will start this month.

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