Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said the European Medicines Agency will conduct a final review of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on 29 December and if approved it could begin to be distributed in Ireland from early January.

Mr Donnelly said that the EMA indicated today that the approval of a second vaccine from Moderna will be decided upon at a second meeting on 12 January.

Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, Mr Donnelly said that the EMA is also considering the credentials of the AstroZeneca/Oxford vaccine and a fourth vaccine from Jansen.

He said “it’s good news… we have the lowest Covid rate in the EU now”.

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