Early Talent programmes designed to develop industry-leading professionals An investment in and commitment to inspiring and encouraging early talent has been a strategic decision by the MSD leadership for a number of years. Photograph: Getty Image

MSD is one of Ireland’s leading healthcare companies, and is committed to fostering early talent to research, develop, and manufacture the medicines of tomorrow

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Moderna vs Pfizer: Both jabs are knockouts, but one seems to have the edge Efficacy of  Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against hospitalisation fell from 91 per cent to 77 per cent four months after second shot.  Moderna vaccine showed no decline over  same period. Photograph: Rory Doyle/The New York Times

A series of studies found that one vaccine seems more protective over the long term

Michael McDowell: A rail feasibility study is always good for a positive headline The people of Lucan got their very positive Luas feasibility study 10 years ago – and nothing since. Finglas and Charlestown on Dublin’s north side are due their Luas feasibility study too. Light-rail feasibility studies are due in Cork and Galway. Photograph: Getty Images

We really do need a truthful feasibility study on the many planned, shelved, semi-shelved and promised rail projects

‘Our aim is to retire somewhere warm, which we know will take planning’ Alan and Emma Henderson, with cat Fitzroy and Chihuahua Eric, at home in Drumcondra. Photographs: Conor Mulhern

This clued-in forty-something couple are taking financial advice now to make sure their pensions perform for a bright and sunny future

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Total doses given 7,067,826
At least one dose 92.4%
Fully vaccinated 90.3%