Covid19 – Ireland expects its first J&J Vaccine by mid April

Covid19 - Ireland expects its first J&J Vaccine by mid April

Covid19 – Ireland expects its first J&J Vaccine by mid April

 Ireland expects to receive its first doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from mid-April and not early April as initially planned, the head of the country’s health service operator said on Tuesday.

J&J’s vaccine, which requires only one dose for protection, is expected to be approved on March 11 for use in the European Union by the bloc’s regulator. EU officials have said deliveries could start in April.

Ireland has administered almost 525,000 vaccines among its population of 4.9 million, primarily using the Pfizer-BioNTech, vaccine. Almost 150,000 have also received the second of their two doses.

Johnson & Johnson has told the European Union it is facing supply issues that may complicate plans to deliver 55 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to the bloc in the second quarter of the year, an official said.