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After AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson delays its vaccine delivery; Ireland’s vaccination target at risk

DUBLIN: After AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson also violated the vaccine contract with Ireland by failing to deliver the promised vaccines on time. Minister for Health told the Dáil that Ireland may only receive half of the 4,70,000 vaccine doses pledged by Johnson & Johnson, and in the worst case scenario, Ireland may only receive 60,000 jabs. According to Stephen Donnelly, this breach of contract could jeopardize Ireland’s vaccination target.

The government had set a target of administering at least one vaccine dose to 82% of the adult population by the end of June. However, Minister Donnelly told Sinn Féin’s health spokesperson David Cullinane that it is not yet clear whether country’s vaccination program would meet its target. The minister said this would depend on the vaccines available in June.

The government was counting on the J&J vaccine to make up for the shortfall caused by AstraZeneca. But it has now been shattered as a result of the company’s breach of promise.

Meanwhile, the minister said that 280,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab is scheduled to arrive in Ireland on June 2. The minister also said that by the end of this week, half of the adult population will have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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