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Ireland’s rollout campaign is making steady progress, with a substantial proportion of healthcare workers and care home residents having already received at least one jab. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

If, six months ago, we had been told that by mid-January 2021 more than 30 million Europeans – and some 2.5 per cent of the Republic’s population – wo(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that as of Sunday, 143,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses had been administered, slightly above target. File photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Vaccination of over-70s against Covid-19 is to start next month despite supply difficulties, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said. Assuming (...)

Employees work on manufacturing vials of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: Punit Paranjpe/Getty Images

The European Commission has warned AstraZeneca that it expects all vaccine deliveries to continue according to an agreed delivery schedule after the p(...)

Japan’s Nikkei rebounded from falls in early trading to be up 0.7 per cent. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

Asian shares climbed to near all-time highs on Monday as concerns over rising COVID-19 cases and delays in vaccine supplies were eclipsed by optimism(...)

  The controlled ambient temperature   storage facility   at the National Cold Chain Distribution Centre, the location of which is undisclosed for security reasons. Photograph: Alan Betson

In a large warehouse in a Citywest industrial park in southwest Dublin, sit a row of five tall freezers storing tiny vials of the coronavirus vaccine,(...)

The overall vaccination programme will continue this week with an anticipated delivery of 32,760 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine along with 6,000 doses from Moderna. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The vaccination of people aged over 70 is expected to begin as planned in mid-February despite the reduction in the expected supply of the new AstraZe(...)

Of the 7%  of people who say they will not take a vaccine, the level is highest among 25- to 34-year-olds

Three-quarters of people in the Republic will take a Covid-19 vaccine, while 25 per cent are either unsure or actively against taking it, according to(...)

The US will also ban entry to most non-US citizens who have recently been in South Africa in response to the new Covid-19 strain there. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty

The administration of US president Joe Biden is to continue restrictions on travel to the US from Ireland, the UK, Brazil and 26 countries in Europe t(...)

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