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It is expected that Ireland will receive 600,000 doses of this new vaccine will arrive between April and June. In total, 200m doses are set to be delivered to the EU.

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A man receives a nasal swab Covid-19 test at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A man receives a nasal swab Covid-19 test at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A man receives a nasal swab Covid-19 test at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Another ten people have died after contracting Covid-19 and 592 new cases were announced, the Department of Health confirmed today.

This brings the total number of cases in the state to 225,179 and the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 4,509. One previously confirmed case has since been denotified and this is reflected in the total figure.

Eight people died in March, one in February and one in January.

The median age of those who died was 75 years and the ages of the deceased ranged from 0 - 84 years.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 299 are men / 288 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 32 years old
  • 253 are in Dublin, 52 in Kildare, 35 in Donegal, 33 in Meath, 28 in Galway and the remaining 191 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 8am today, 359 people were in hospital with the illness, 87 of whom were in ICU. There were 32 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of March 8, 536,617 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Ireland

  • 382,528 people have received their first dose
  • 154,089 people have received their second dose

This comes as the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine has become the latest to be approved for use in Europe, in what promises to be a ‘game changer’ for the inoculation programme in Ireland.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has cleared the way for the EU to approve the vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen.

It is expected that Ireland will receive 600,000 doses of this new vaccine will arrive between April and June. In total, 200m doses are set to be delivered to the EU.

The vaccine is now the fourth one to be approved for use in the EU, and is slightly different from the other ones as it only requires one dose.

Additionally, it is easier to transport as it doesn’t have to be frozen, and it is effective for all age groups.

The vaccine had already been approved in the US, with the Food and Drug Administration giving the go ahead 12 days ago.

Now that the EMA has approved it, the European Commission will have to authorise its use, which they could do as soon as tomorrow.

Other potential Covid-19 vaccines are also under rolling review by the agency. However, they have not yet applied for authorisation. These include the Curevac vaccine, Novavax vaccine, and the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

Speaking today with RTÉ Radio One, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said that the UK and US do not yet have spare vaccines to offer to Ireland.

“I think it’s been made very clear that there are not mountains of vaccines or spare vaccines available right now,” he said.

“I think there will be as we move through the summer, as countries vaccinate their populations, and they have a lot of spare vaccines left over.”

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