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FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The Irish state body charged with advising on the use of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to recommend that Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine be used for anyone over the age of 50, state broadcaster RTE reported on Monday.

The recommendation from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, due in the coming days, would be a relief to the government, which last week indicated a feared ban on the use of the vaccine for under-60s would render its current vaccination targets virtually impossible.

The department of health did not respond to a request for comment on the report.

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