Written answers

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Gary GannonGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats)
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90. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Parliamentary Question No. 540 of 31 March 2021, the status of negotiations by Ireland to join the World Health Organization C-TAP initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23597/21]

Photo of Colm BrophyColm Brophy (Dublin South West, Fine Gael)
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The response to question No. 540 of 31 March refers.

My Department continues to support global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the €50 million in Irish Aid funding to global health in 2021, €5 million is channeled to direct support to COVID-19 vaccination, including through COVAX. The COVAX mechanism is beginning to deliver results, with over 49 million vaccines already delivered to 121 participant countries.

The sharing of technology on vaccines, and also diagnostics and treatment, is part of a broader suite of responses to COVID-19. Engagement with C-TAP is the responsibility of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Ireland is sharing technology, and investing in vital research and innovation in response to the pandemic. For example, the technology supporting the COVID tracker app has been widely shared.

Officials in my Department continue to work with counterparts in other Departments, including the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, to give consideration to whether Ireland will join the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP).


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