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All EU countries asked to sell surplus Covid vaccines to the Irish government

It's as more supply is needed to allow for vaccination of the under 35s from next week on

The government has now contacted all EU countries offering to buy spare Covid-19 vaccines.

Ireland has already agreed a deal with Romania for a million unused doses.

It’s to facilitate acceleration of the vaccine rollout, which will see under 35s able to get a Johnson and Johnson vaccine in pharmacies from Monday (5th July).

Over two thirds of adults have now received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 48% are fully vaccinated, according to the latest figures from the HSE.

CEO Paul Reid says nearly 4.3 million doses have now been administered.

Over 270 thousand have been given out so far this week.