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Focus will now be making sure public confidence in AstraZeneca vaccine has not been damaged

Lisa Smyth


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Ireland’s deputy chief medical officer has said use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine should be temporarily suspended (Danny Lawson/PA).

Ireland’s deputy chief medical officer has said use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine should be temporarily suspended (Danny Lawson/PA).

Ireland’s deputy chief medical officer has said use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine should be temporarily suspended (Danny Lawson/PA).

The approvals for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines by UK regulators in December were moments of brilliance in the darkness of the pandemic.

Hailed as a crucial element in reducing the impact of Covid-19, the vaccines have been frequently described by Northern Ireland’s chief medical officer, Dr Michael McBride, as “doing the heavy lifting” when it comes to bringing the virus to heel.

And after a year of living under draconian restrictions which have decimated the economy, torn families apart and caused untold damage to our children’s education, news that the vaccines would be speedily rolled out across the UK was widely welcomed and celebrated.


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