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A six-year-old boy receives the first jab of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Namur, Belgium, on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

About one in every 2,500 children who has so far received a Covid-19 vaccine has reported a suspected side effect, according to the latest safety upd(...)

The company says the data adds to the growing evidence that supports a third dose of its vaccine irrespective of the primary vaccination schedule. Photograph: Cristina Vega Rhor/AFP via Getty

AstraZeneca said on Thursday preliminary data from a trial it conducted on its Covid-19 shot, Vaxzevria, showed it generated a higher antibody respons(...)

AstraZeneca’s antibody combination was found to be highly effective in preventing symptomatic Covid-19 in at-risk people, and is effective against Omicron

The US government is in talks with AstraZeneca to order 500,000 doses of its coronavirus antibody drug, used by vulnerable people before exposure to t(...)

‘Officials are already concerned about the short duration of protection provided by booster shots against Omicron, which could be as low as five weeks.’ File photograph: Getty

Mandatory Covid-19 vaccination is the issue that refuses to go away. It remains under consideration by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nph(...)

Izzy Keane and Ailbhe Keane whose company Izzy Wheels designs colourful wheelchair wheel covers, claimed the EU’s Rising Innovator Award for women entrepreneurs following the launch of Disney x Izzy, a collaboration with the near-100 year-old media empire that saw it produce covers adorned with characters from Minnie Mouse to Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Goodbye 2021, the sequel to 2020 that dared to ratchet up January doom several apocalyptic notches and then stumbled on in that spirit for months. It(...)

Ryanair lost 1.7 per cent to €15.43. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

European shares inched lower on Wednesday in thin holiday trading as record coronavirus infections made investors wary and falls in technology, healt(...)

Irish scientist Prof Tess Lambe who, with Prof Sarah Gilbert and a team at the University of Oxford, co-designed the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. Photograph: John Cairns/University of Oxford/PA Wire

As a vaccinologist, to see your creation – in this case the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine – administered more than 2.2 billion times in fighting a raging(...)

For the Government, it was a more stable year, with none of the drama of forced resignations and instability that marked the Coalition’s first few months in office last year.  From left, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Julian Behal/PA

Covid-19 has put day-to-day politics in the shade over the past 12 months, just as it did in 2020. Back in January the Government came in for widespre(...)

Amid questions over parties at Downing Street and the refurbishment of his private flat, Boris Johnson has suffered an astonishing reversal of fortune. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Boris Johnson goes into the new year with his premiership in real jeopardy for the first time since he won an 80-seat majority for the Conservatives i(...)

The great moments of liberation and enlightenment that seemed to be promised at the beginning of the year didn’t quite happen. Photograph: iStock

These are the days of miracles and wonder. It just doesn’t feel all that miraculous or wonderful. On the surface, 2021 feels more like the year of di(...)

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