Ireland approves use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, launch will begin December 30, World News

Ireland has approved the use of the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech, with the first delivery expected as early as December 26, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said Friday, adding that the vaccination campaign will begin next Wednesday.

“Delighted to announce that I have just signed the regulation authorizing the use of the Pfizer vaccine in Ireland. The first delivery will be on Boxing Day, the first vaccinations on December 30,” Donnelly said on Twitter.

December 26 is celebrated on St. Stephen’s Day. On Tuesday, Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin announced new restrictions that went into effect Thursday and will last until January 12, which will include the closure of restaurants, pubs, museums, galleries and libraries, while gyms and swimming pools will only be open for individual workouts. . Movement between Irish counties will be banned after Saturday