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Ireland is currently involved in an EU procurement exercise operated by the European Commission on behalf of member states to procure suitable, safe and effective vaccines, in sufficient quantities, to combat Covid-19. Photograph: iStock

We are all exhausted. The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the world hard. While we know our sacrifices are for the best, right now we also need to know w(...)

If the clinical trial numbers are near what is replicated in the field, it will help to overcome some resistance to the vaccine. Photograph:  John Cairns/University of Oxford/AFP via Getty Images

After a year when it regularly seemed as though things were destined only to get worse, we have had a run of remarkably positive news on the Covid-19 (...)

Dr Tess Lambe: ‘Normally it takes up to 10 years for a vaccine to be developed.’ Photograph: John Cairns

When Irish scientist Prof Tess (Teresa) Lambe heard the interim results of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trials at the weekend, she almost b(...)

Drug procurement contracts are always confidential and companies rarely disclose commercial information. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Earlier this year, Sandra Gallina, the Italian bureaucrat in charge of buying coronavirus vaccines for the EU, appeared in front of the European parli(...)

Conor O’Kelly, chief executive NTMA: ‘We’ve got to hit the road to keep bond investors informed – otherwise they’d forget about us.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Conor O’Kelly, chief executive of the National Treasury Management Agency’s (NTMA), is under no illusions about his place in the €85 trillion-plus glo(...)

Amid all the good news on Covid vaccine, many obstacles remains to its successful rollout

The race to find an effective vaccine appears to be on the home straight. The same cannot be said of the race to roll it out everywhere. Preparing to (...)

German pharmaceutical company BioNTech shows a vial of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed with Pfizer.

The European Union could pay more than $10 billion (€8.4bn) to secure hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine candidates being developed by Pfize(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said  he is ‘very optimistic’ that those most at risk will be able to be vaccinated in the first quarter of 2021. File photograph: David Cheskin/PA

How are the various Covid-19 vaccines progressing? There are two vaccine front-runners at the moment - namely the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Mod(...)

A potential Covid-19 vaccine developed by British pharma group AstraZeneca and Oxford University produced a strong immune response in older adults. Photograph: Sean Elias/PA Wire

A potential Covid-19 vaccine developed by British pharma group AstraZeneca and Oxford University produced a strong immune response in older adults, g(...)

  Pfizer and BioNTech said  their experimental Covid-19 vaccine  protected 95 per cent of people against the disease. Photograph:   Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

After a year of unutterable misery, the news on the prospects for Covid-19 vaccines just gets better and better. And Ireland will be playing a part i(...)

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