Tony O’Brien: We need a face and a voice to lead the vaccine rollout

Vaccinating the population is a huge and tricky task: giving someone full authority over the enterprise would be a good start

24th January, 2021
Tony O’Brien: We need a face and a voice to lead the vaccine rollout
Stephen O’Neill of the National Ambulance Service administers the Moderna vaccine to Eleanor Rossiter-Wallace of GPN Faythe Medical Centre as mass vaccination for GPs and practice nurses has begun. Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall

If anything about Covid-19 is going to fundamentally test our sense of unity and common purpose, it will be the rollout of the vaccine programme. Any sense of unfairness, preferential treatment for insiders, nepotism, discriminatory practice or political tricks risks unleashing social disharmony that will be hard to resolve.

When we have the luxury of looking back on this time of pandemic and can talk of it in the past tense, there will come a...

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