Interview: No rest for Ireland’s vaccine tsar

Brian MacCraith, chairman of the high-level taskforce on Covid-19 vaccination, has his work cut out in coordinating all bodies involved in the rollout

21st March, 2021
Interview: No rest for Ireland’s vaccine tsar
Professor Brian MacCraith, chair of the Covid-19 vaccination task force Pic: Fergal Phillips

Every Monday, the most senior decision-makers in Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccine programme meet over Microsoft Teams to discuss the week gone by and to plan for the weeks ahead.

As the high-level taskforce on Covid-19 vaccination gathered for its weekly meeting last Monday, there was a fresh crisis at hand regarding the paused rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to safety concerns.

“The key issue on the agenda was trying to interpret the AstraZeneca...

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