Justice Minister Helen McEntee has said that if hotel accommodation needs to be addressed to the new South African reforms, “this is what we will do.”
It comes at a time when Covid’s Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) adviser, Dr Mary Favier, warned that if the new virus in South Africa could “end” Delta, then “we would have a problem.”
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Newstalk breakfast.
On RTÉ radio Morning Ireland Immunology specialist, Professor Christine Loscher, said she hoped the World Health Organization (WHO) would shift the focus from the new world to the one in the near future.
This new mutation was worrying due to the large number of spike protein mutations, and it is not yet known how this species would respond to the vaccine. It was a matter of waiting and seeing the results, he said.
Low dose vaccine
Meanwhile, HSE chief executive Paul Reid, is speaking Newstalk breakfast and RTÉ radios Morning Ireland, said the HSE would wait for Nphet to speak to the Government which would alert the HSE, regarding the hotel reservation.
He said the reality is that giving the vaccine to children is another anti-Covid tool. He acknowledged that the decision will be difficult for parents, but the HSE will be looking for parents’ views and will have discussions to determine what is important to them.
The HSE had a plan in place, and will be ready to go on a new vaccination of young children arriving in the country, which should be by the end of December, he said.
Reid added that currently the presence of children in the emergency department by 70 percent from two years ago, many were suffering from asthma, not Covid, but still exacerbated health problems.
Currently the HSE will be working on a number of travel agencies around the world to speed up the spread. Mr. Reid encouraged people in their 60s who were more than five months old from their last degree, to check out the HSE website to see if there was a travel hospital nearby.
However, he cautioned that the HSE “must be strict” and that only those members of those groups will receive support at mobile hospitals.
The promotional campaign is going well, he said with an additional 630,000 given to date, 200,000 last week. Giving was nothing.
Reid said the PCR tests were “very important”, with a million tests done in the last six weeks, 210,000 in the last seven days. Additional facilities were opened by three others next week on private staff as well as international ambulance service to provide first aid.
“I would ask people to be patient with us.”
Reid thanked the public for responding to the public health request to reduce the number of communications that are significantly affected and help to “put at risk” what is happening.
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