Vaccine uptake: how the Irish shot to the top and why other countries are not faring as well

Experts say enthusiasm for the vaccine is down to a highly educated population putting its trust in institutions, transparency from the medical and scientific communities, and healthy debate at every stage of the rollout

8th August, 2021
Vaccine uptake: how the Irish shot to the top and why other countries are not faring as well
Grafton Street in Dublin: As of last Friday, 68.2 per cent of the total Irish population had been vaccinated with at least one dose. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Dr Valeriu Gheorghiță appeared before a press conference six weeks ago in full military garb. Having previously been hailed “the artisan of Romania’s recovery”, Gheorghiță looked defeated.

“On June 30, 35,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine expire,” he announced. “We probably won’t be able to use them. They will enter the destruction procedure.”

Gheorghiță is based at the Central Military Hospital in Bucharest, and is coordinator of Romania’s...

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