State will indemnify makers of Covid-19 vaccines

A Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer - BioNTech has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for use in the UK.

Meanwhile, it's been confirmed the State will assume liability for any claims resulting from COVID-19 vaccinations, after companies producing vaccines were indemnified under the advanced purchase contracts signed with the European Commission.

The Department of Health has stressed that no vaccine will be rolled out in Ireland without European Medicines Agency authorisation and ongoing monitoring of its success.