IQVIA, a US firm that provides support services in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical sectors has announced the creation of 170 remote jobs throughout Ireland.

The company is recruiting in the areas of medical information and pharmacovigilance, with a focus on delivering these services in support of the commercial launch of Covid-19 vaccines.

With recruitment under way, IQVIA expects to fill the jobs before the end of March 2021, though there is potential for more roles to be created as the year progresses.

Head of Pharmacovigilance Oversight and Analytics for IQVIA Ireland, Barry Mulchrone, said they are proud to play a role in the effort to ensure the safety of Covid-19 vaccines are monitored to the highest international standards.

"With more than two decades of experience monitoring the safety of medicines globally, our company in Ireland is well positioned to play its part in addressing the current global pandemic," he said.

Commenting on the announcement Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland said that the life sciences industry in Ireland has demonstrated "real leadership" this year in the global fight against COVID-19.

"This announcement by IQVIA is most welcome and points to Ireland’s reputation as a global centre of excellence for life sciences," he said.