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Photo: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Photo: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Photo: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

There have been 13 further deaths and 371 more Covid-19 cases, the Department of Health confirmed today. 

Today, Taoiseach Michéal Martin said Ireland will be in a “very good position by June” in terms of the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

The programme has seen numerous setbacks, with ongoing delivery problems and the recent recommendation that the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson jabs be given only to those over 50.

It has raised questions over the Government’s target to administer first doses to 82pc of the population by June.

Speaking today, Michéal Martin said the Government is “still pursuing that target”.

“The original target was to try and get 80pc (of adult population) a first dose by the end of June and there has been changes to the schedule, there has been delays," he told Northern Sound.

“We have lost a number of weeks because of the various advices from Niac, particularly on AstraZeneca and the cancellation of Johnson & Johnson.

“We are still pursing that target and going after that target.

“I’m saying the deliveries that are coming in to the country in Q2 is over four million, before the end of June.

“We have advice coming in, and if it doesn’t come in with any further hitches we will have a very robust vaccination programme. We will be in a very good position by June.”

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