Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

HSE Winter Plan: HSE

Dr. Colm Henry:

That would be a departmental Government issue. We in the HSE are working closely - I am sure the CEO can update the Senator - not only within the HSE but with other Departments in what will be a huge exercise for all Governments as vaccines come off those phase 3 trials. Ten of the vaccines are on phase 3 now, with a number of likely candidates that demonstrate safety, efficacy - the most recent being the interim report from Pfizer yesterday which was well publicised - and are proceeding rapidly to production. However, of course, there is licensing first, and then there is the logistics of a new vaccination programme among populations to reach a herd immunity level of 60% to 80%, according to what the WHO says, which is a considerable target.


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