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Vaccine rollout for the over 70s “may well be slower”, but  faster for healthcare workers and other groups. Photograph:  Oli Scarff

State health officials have decided not to give the Covid-19 vaccine regarded as a “game-changer” in the fight against the virus – the Oxford-AstraZen(...)

Pulling all working-age people ‘ in the AstraZeneca queue’ to receive that vaccine in pharmacies ‘just speeds up the whole vaccination plan,’ says union. Photograph: iStock

The Covid-19 vaccine rollout could be “speeded up” by allowing pharmacies administer the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to healthcare workers, the pharmac(...)

A health worker administers a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to a pregnant woman at Clalit Health Services, in Tel Aviv, Israel  in January. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

A total of 548 cases of Covid-19 have been reported among pregnant women in the State since the start of the pandemic, Health Service Executive (HSE) (...)

A Russian medical worker gives a trial vaccine against Covid-19 to a volunteer in Moscow.

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine provided strong protection against Covid-19 in an interim analysis of an advanced clinical trial. Its backers said it appea(...)

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech will deliver 75 million extra doses of their Covid-19 vaccine in the second quarter of the year, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said. Photograph: Michael Ciaglo/Getty

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech will deliver 75 million extra doses of their Covid-19 vaccine in the second quarter of the year, European Commi(...)

A health workers administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

Studies in Israel have offered tentative optimism on the effectiveness of vaccines in curbing the coronavirus pandemic, with initial data suggesting e(...)

A one-shot vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson generated strong protection against Covid-19 in a large, late-stage trial. Photograph: Tino Romano/EPA

A one-shot vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson generated strong protection against Covid-19 in a large, late-stage trial, raising hopes that it(...)

A dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is adminsitered at a coronavirus vaccination clinic held in  Brixton, London on Thursday. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Europe’s medicines regulator sits down today to consider approval for a vaccine that has from a long way out been expected to be a game changer in fin(...)

A patient receives Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine in a trial in the US. The company has announced results from a vaccine trial in the UK. Photograph: Kenny Holston/The New York Times

Novavax Inc said on Thursday its coronavirus vaccine was 89.3 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19 in a trial conducted in the UK, and was nearly(...)

The extension of the vaccination timeline makes it all the more important to ensure that the State has its priority list right. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

The Government still believes it is “likely” that everyone in the Republic will be vaccinated by September, but that is now an “aspiration” rather tha(...)

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