Yeah, her ladyship, Cillian De Gascun and Gerald Barry were all rolled out today to pump this scary message that you can even get new variants in Ireland, even after we now have mandatory hotel quarantine for the poor and black countries. So stay afraid.
A coordinated piece of propaganda (structured positioning of information to reinforce messaging... ) across Newstalk, RTE and on-line media to try and influence people to stay at home this Easter weekend holiday.
Over 12000 SARS-CoV-2 variants observed globally so far but we have not yet been wiped out as a result.
The 3 main variants or 'scariants' of concern are the UK variant (B.1.1.7), SA (B.1.351) and Brazil (P1) and all show that they illicit strong immunological response from the various vaccines available (except some conflicting evidence for the AZ vaccine with B.1.351 and some generally poor overall performance from the Chinese Coronavac).
So variants are nowhere near as scary as some are trying to present.
B.1.1.7 was a game changer for us in December and the US and Europe are going through that ringer now, but vaccination works against them all.
So get vaccinated if you get the option.