He said Ireland will not miss the July 19 deadline to begin operating the Digital Covid Cert

Travel for foreign holidays should be allowed in two weeks, the Taoiseach revealed last night.
Micheal Martin said Ireland will not miss the July 19 deadline to begin operating the digital pass to allow movement within the EU and rejected suggestions the blocs Digital Covid Cert would not be ready for use.
Ireland is the only member state where the system is not running.
He said close to half of people who are able to get the vaccine will be fully vaccinated by today.
However, Mr Martin warned testing for Covid-19 had increased significantly and said: We are getting very clear indications that Delta is beginning to have its impact.
Currently the Government is advising that people should avoid non-essential travel abroad.
Mr Martin said: We are going to do that, that was the conscious Government decision some time back.
We will commence with this on July 19 and significant progress has been made in that regard. There are clearly challenges but progress has been made. Were on track.
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The digital vaccine pass will likely be an app on mobile phones that can be downloaded and will show Covid-19 or vaccine status.
Citizens can travel between EU countries once their cert shows theyve either been fully vaccinated, received a negative test or have recovered from coronavirus.
Mr Martin urged people to be vigilant while travelling abroad after images emerged in the Irish Mirror of people arriving at airports in Spain.
Mr Martin played down reports of high volumes of people travelling abroad claiming the numbers are a small fraction of what they would normally be.
He said all channels of communication between EU states are open about the possibility of increasing supply of jabs by purchasing additional vaccines.
The Taoiseach has already agreed to buy one million doses from Romania.
He praised the rollout of the vaccination programme on the day pharmacies began to administer the single-shot Johnson and Johnson jab to people aged 18 to 34. Mr Martin said 343,000 vaccines were given last week and a similar amount would be done next week.
He added: It really is picking up pace. I think well be close to 50% fully vaccinated by tomorrow.
When asked if a vaccine ID may be needed to allow other activities which have been paused such as indoor dance classes, Mr Martin was noncommittal and that in late May, the Government said vaccine certs wouldnt be used for access to domestic activities. The Taoiseach was speaking jointly with Higher Education Minister Simon Harris at the launch of a 40million fund for North-South research projects.
Minister Harris said he did not fear the Delta variant would jeopardise plans for college students to get back on campus in September.
He added the only question that remained unanswered is whether large scale lectures can return, stating: Weve yet to make a call on that. When asked if he is worried about the Delta variant changing plans for students who are looking forward to returning to universities, Mr Harris said: The short answer is no.
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We actually had really good news for college students with the changes to the NIAC advice in relation to vaccines accepted by the Government last Tuesday.
Were already seeing, as of today, people of college age able to start to register for vaccines in a way they werent expecting to do for quite a number of weeks so our plan remains on track.
Last night Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: In excess of 70% of all cases are now accounted for by the Delta variant.
While this variant continues to present a threat, those of us who are fully vaccinated can have confidence in their vaccine and should feel comfortable meeting with other fully vaccinated people in all settings.
Unfortunately, the Delta variant continues to present a risk to those of us who are unvaccinated or waiting for a second dose of vaccine.
We need to continue to follow the public health advice, manage your contacts, avoid crowds, wear a mask, wash your hands and most importantly, get your Covid-19 vaccine when it is offered to you.
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