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Taoiseach says he will not speculate beyond what has already been said about easing restrictions

DUBLIN: The Taoiseach said that he will not speculate beyond what he has already stated about whether the restrictions will remain in place after April 5, or if they will be relaxed at that time.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin was responding to questions about the Deputy CMO’s reference to the restrictions being extended to June. Mr. Martin made it clear that the government will inform the public of what will happen after April 5th.

“I am not going to speculate, but we will give people clear indications in advance of April 5th as to how we see April panning out and I don’t believe in speculating beyond that,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn has apologised for suggesting that coronavirus restrictions could be extended until June.

Dr. Glynn stressed that, despite recent progress, Ireland remains in a “precarious position” in terms of the coronavirus pandemic. “As a result of that I simply said that we need to be cautious over the next two months because none of us want a fourth wave,” he added.

The Taoiseach has made it clear that US President Joe Biden will first vaccinate his own people before selling excess vaccines to Ireland or anyone else. Biden mentioned this in the St. Patrick’s Day discussion. Biden also indicated that a decision on the excess vaccines will be made by the end of May, the Taoiseach said.

Meanwhile, Labour Party leader Alan Kelly has called on Government to consider more vaccines, including the Russian Sputnik vaccine. People are worried about how the vaccine will be delivered. Mr. Kelly pointed out that there are EU countries that use the vaccine on their own without waiting for EMA approval.

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