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Coronavirus: One further death and 408 new cases as EU agree deal for extra 1.8bn Pfizer vaccines

There has been one further Coronavirus-related deaths and 408 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today.

The Department are no longer providing a county by county breakdown at the weekends. So we do not know how many of these new cases are in Laois.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 205 are men / 202 are women
  • 77% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 31 years old

As of 8am today, 110 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. 9 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of May 6th, 1,746,912 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 1,267,167 people have received their first dose
  • 479,745 people have received their second dose

EU agree deal for extra 1.8bn Pfizer vaccines

According to European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, EU has concluded a deal with Pfizer-BioNTech for up to 1.8 billion extra doses of its Covid-19 vaccine.

von der Leyen said: “Happy to announce that the EU Commission has just approved a contract for guaranteed 900 million doses (+900 million options) with Pfizer-BioNTech for 2021-2023.”

Ms von der Leyen said Europe is preparing the next stage of its response including giving booster shots, allowing for vaccination of children and teenagers, and dealing with possible escape variants.

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