Nonsense Variant



Paul Reid, HSE CEO

This morning.

Today with Claire Byrne on RTE Radio 1.

Paul Reid said process changes have been put in place for the monitoring and following up of new variants when they are identified, which worked in the identification and isolation of three cases of the variant first detected in Brazil. And a stringent approach is then taken to the close contacts of those who present with a new strain of the virus.

Meanwhile, Cillian De Gascun, head of the national virus laboratory, told RTÉ radio at the weekend that the variant was discovered in three people during a 14-day quarantine following the patients’ arrival from Brazil .


Mr Reid said the plans will see all the over-70s (around half a million people) vaccinated with two doses by mid-May, which will be a very significant milestone for the country.

He described the mass vaccination of 1,000 over 85s at the Helix in Dublin on Saturday as a “joyous and electric occasion”.


People will begin to see light emerge as vaccinations increase, says Reid (RTÉ)


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9 thoughts on “Nonsense Variant

  1. MoRhustyDilis

    “We’re all just making it up as we go along. No one really knows what they’re doing.”
    ― A.S. King
    This guy is a chancer and a bluffer. Go back to Eirom (sic).

  2. Micko

    Asked a direct question.

    “Ye see Claire, what I’m going to do is not answer the question you gave me, as I don’t know the answer. So instead I’m going to bang on about the process that the HSE has put in place and then when I’ve finally gone on about it enough, you and the people at home will have forgotten the original question that you asked me.”

    The politician is strong in this one.

  3. Joe

    A pathetic 1000 vaccinations in a day! Nothing to be crowing about.
    It does not augur well for the mass vaccine rollout that is required to crush this virus a.s.a.p.
    The Healy/Raes should organise bus loads of southerners to travel northwards so our NI brethren could show Reid and his boss Stephen Donnelly how safely and rapidly vaccinations can be carried out. They would have had the 1000 done and dusted in 15 minutes!

  4. GiggidyGoo

    And that folks sums up the knowledge and capabilities of one Paul Reid. Winging it. Stock phrases inserted at any location during his answers.

    1. chuckenstein

      True that he is as far from convincing as you can get but Cillian also sounded a lot short of it over the weekend.

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