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Coronavirus: UK vaccine offer to Ireland ‘a runner’, says Arlene Foster

Coronavirus: UK vaccine offer to Ireland ‘a runner’, says Arlene Foster

It could be a “runner” for the UK government to offer coronavirus vaccines to the Republic of Ireland, Stormont’s First Minister Arlene Foster has said.

Mrs Foster previously recommended the plan to Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to Enniskillen in March.

Speaking to RTÉ she said she will be “making that point again” when they next meet.

A UK government spokesperson said there was currently no surplus of vaccine.

On Sunday, The Sunday Times reported that the UK was preparing to offer 3.7m vaccines to the Republic of Ireland.

It quoted a Cabinet source who said the idea was both “good politics” and would address “genuine public health concern in Northern Ireland”.

With a much faster rollout of the vaccine north of the border, the newspaper said the offer would help Northern Ireland’s efforts to ease lockdown measures.

In response to the article, a UK Government spokesperson said it will consider distributing a surplus of vaccine “as they become available”.

News Source: BBC News

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