Ireland’s Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, tweeted Tuesday: “Great to see the first delivery of the Moderna vaccine land in Ireland. The first delivery is a small one, but every vaccine counts.” The delivery was not a moment too soon as on Monday Ireland had the highest infection rate in proportion to population in the world. According to the Guardian, the Republic’s seven-day rolling average was 1,394 cases per million – outstripping the UK on 810, Portugal on 735, the U.S. on 653 and Germany on 248. On 12 December Ireland recorded 52.31 cases for every million people. By Sunday the figure was 1,322.92. Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and the World Health Organization on Monday named Ireland as having the most infections per capita over the past seven days, followed by the Czech Republic, Slovenia and the UK. Twitter photo from Minister Donnelly via RollingNews.ie.