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Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is only slightly less effective against the South African variant of the virus, a study in the US has found. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is only slightly less effective against the South African variant of the virus, a study in the US has found. The study by P(...)

Sanofi will help Pfizer and BioNTech to produce their Covid-19 vaccine and should package more than 100 million doses for the European Union by the end of 2021, the general manager of the French laboratory announced on Wednesday. Photograph: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP

Sanofi agreed to produce millions of doses of BioNTech and Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in an unusual collaboration to speed vaccination efforts. The(...)

A member of staff prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at a coronavirus vaccination clinic in the UK. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

AstraZeneca has offered to bring forward the start of deliveries of its Covid-19 vaccine to the EU, while the bloc has asked the drugmaker if it can d(...)

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 (...)

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 developers of Sputnik V list Serbia, Argentina, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates among countries that have approved the vaccine. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Hungary has agreed to buy enough doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine to inoculate 1 million people against coronavirus, becoming the first EU member t(...)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern visits a lab at Auckland University in December. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand’s “go hard, go early” strategy to combat Covid-19 attracted global praise and eliminated local transmission of the virus. But the country’(...)

People  queue to get  Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in a vaccination centre in the GUM State Department store in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: AP

Hungary has become the first European Union country to give initial approval to Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, amid complaints from some memb(...)

The Coombe maternity hospital in Dublin: 16 relatives of staff at the hospital  received leftover doses of vaccines  which the hospitals have said would have otherwise gone to waste.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The board of the Coombe hospital in Dublin has ordered an independent review into how family members of employees received Covid-19 vaccines. In a st(...)

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