Lucinda Creighton: Baffling failure to plan ahead on vaccines is a dereliction of duty

Why do ministers insist we can’t go outside the EU’s vaccine procurement programme when other EU countries, including Germany and Malta, have bought up supplies for their own populations?

14th March, 2021
Lucinda Creighton: Baffling failure to plan ahead on vaccines is a dereliction of duty
Nora Mcauliffe, 99, from Blarney, gets her vaccine at the Covid-19 vaccination centre at Munster Technological University in Cork. Ireland was one of the last countries in Europe to convene a specific working group to handle the vaccination programme. Picture: Gerard McCarthy

The issues we are experiencing with vaccine rollout in Ireland were predictable. Some were also avoidable, although the government cannot be blamed for all of the existing issues.

The European Commission was far too slow in initiating its procurement programme, while the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has acted with jaw-dropping arrogance since vaccine production commenced.

The Irish government must, however, accept full responsibility for its casual, non-urgent approach to solving the biggest economic and societal catastrophe...

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