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Mandatory quarantine for those who vaccinated with China’s Sinopharm – TDs voiced concern

DUBLIN: The issue of Irish citizens returning from the UAE being subjected to mandatory quarantine after receiving China’s Sinopharm vaccine was debated in the Dáil yesterday. Minister for Health Donnelly said he had sought the views of health experts on the matter.

The Chinese vaccine is not currently on the list of vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). That is why they needed to be quarantined.

Mr. Donnelly expressed hope that the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) list of approved vaccines would be extended beyond the current four (Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson).

Independent TD Richard O’Donoghue said he had been approached by several Irish people who had been vaccinated with Sinopharm. Mr O’Donoghue said there are 10,000 Irish people living in the UAE. The UAE is the fifth most vaccinated country in the world. Over nine million people were vaccinated. TD also noted that the Sinopharm vaccine is “undergoing approval from the WHO”.

The current advice is that only those who have taken EMA approved vaccines should be exempted from the mandatory hotel quarantine. However, the Health Minister said he would discuss the issue posed by Irish people in the UAE.

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