Joe Biden on possible get-togethers for Independence Day
Mr Martin claimed the US and Ireland are facing similar logistical struggles with their vaccine distribution. He expressed his concerns at the Government Buildings in Dublin following an online meeting with the US President and other US leaders today, on the same day Irish culture is celebrated for St Patrick’s Day. He said Mr Biden “doesn’t have a stockpile” when asked whether he had enquired if the US would give vaccines to Ireland.
Mr Martin said: “He doesn’t necessarily have a stockpile.
“He wants to find out whether he will in time have a sufficiency of vaccines for his own people.”
He added Mr Biden was “very anxious” to ensure US citizens are vaccinated before he sends other countries jabs.
Mr Martin said: “Like every other country, he [Mr Biden] is very anxious to get his people vaccinated as quickly as he possibly can and to have a sufficiency of vaccines to do that.
Joe Biden REJECTS Ireland’s plea for vaccines – ‘US doesn’t have a stockpile!’
“Both the president and the vice president understand that we need a global vaccination programme to defeat this virus.
“I raised the issue of supply chains in terms of the necessity to keep supply chains open in terms of the different component parts that make up the vaccine.
“It was a good discussion on that and I think there will be ongoing engagement between the US and Europe, and other countries as well, in relation to that.”
Mr Martin added the President hopes to know by the summer “where they will be” with sending out supplies.
Mr Martin added the President hopes to know by the summer “where they will be” with sending out supplies
He said: “[The President] said they would know where they are towards the summer about where they will be in terms of sufficiency of vaccines.
“He was interested in the AstraZeneca story.
“I shared the narrative with him in terms of explaining what has happened, both on the production side and in respect of recent decisions by the regulatory authorities across Europe and the EMA coming to a conclusion on all that tomorrow.
“His main focus right now is on getting his own people vaccinated, just like every country is.”
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It comes after Mr Biden pledged that all American adults will be eligible for a vaccine by May 1.
He also previously said his goal is to get the country “closer to normal” by July 4.
This would be so Americans are able to celebrate Independence Day with their loved ones.
Mr Biden also publicly received both doses of his jab in a bid to boost confidence about America’s vaccine programme.
Ireland was among other EU countries to halt the AstraZeneca vaccine
On Friday, the US recorded 100 million Covid vaccine doses being administered to citizens, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
About 35 million people have been fully vaccinated, which makes up about 13.5 of the adult US population, the CDC added.
Meanwhile, Ireland was among a number of other EU countries including France and Germany that temporarily halted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Sunday.
This was following a report from Norway of patients developing blood clots after inoculation.
Ireland has so far administered 110,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine
AstraZeneca has firmly defended its vaccine by saying that there were no confirmed quality issues for any batch of the vaccine, and “no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or thrombocytopenia” for people who had received it.
Ann Taylor, the company’s chief medical officer, said: “Around 17 million people in the EU and UK have now received our vaccine, and the number of cases of blood clots reported in this group is lower than the hundreds of cases that would be expected among the general population.
“The nature of the pandemic has led to increased attention in individual cases and we are going beyond the standard practices for safety monitoring of licensed medicines in reporting vaccine events, to ensure public safety.”
France also reacted to concerns over a report from Norway of patients developing blood clots after inoculation
The European Medicines Agency added: “There is currently no indication that vaccination has caused these conditions, which are not listed as side effects with this vaccine.”
Ireland has so far administered 110,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which accounts for around 20 percent of all doses in the country, according to state broadcaster RTÉ.