Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said the government is confident Ireland will receive at least 20 more vaccines this month and perhaps even as many as 25. The Minister was responding to criticism from GP’s around the country who say they’re ready to start administering the vaccine to their patients but they haven’t received any yet.
“It’s not great is it but as long as people remember it’s not my fault I’m happy enough.” said the Minister. “And that there are countries worse off than us. Those two things are very important. Not my fault. Countries worse off than us. Just don’t go comparing us to countries doing better than us because that’s not fair.”
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has admitted that meeting the target promised by the government of issuing 1.25 million vaccine doses by the end of March is proving “very challenging” which is politician speak for “it won’t happen.” So why did they claim it would? Minister Donnelly said it’s quite simple.
“It’s quite simple.” he said. “At the end of the day, we promised something we couldn’t deliver and if that’s not what being in government is all about then I don’t know what is.”