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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(...)

The vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries and no safety concerns have been raised. Photograph: iStock

US and European regulators could approve Pfizer and BioNTech’s experimental Covid-19 vaccine as early as mid-December, the German group’s chief execut(...)

A one million dollar donation from Dolly Parton contributed towards Moderna’s discovery. File photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

It’s truly the greatest gift of all: a $1m donation ( € 841,000) by Dolly Parton to coronavirus vaccine research supported the development of the Mode(...)

Pfizer also acknowledged that ‘when it comes to how durable the protection could be, this is something we don’t know yet’. Photograph: Getty

Pfizer chief executive Albert Bourla said a key safety milestone had been reached in the study of its Covid-19 vaccine, and the drug maker is now prep(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed  a new agreement to buy up to 405m doses of a potential Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/EPA

The EU has struck a deal for up to 405 million doses of German biotech firm CureVac’s potential Covid-19 vaccine, the head of the EU executive said on(...)

A significant rollout of Covid-19 vaccines is unlikely to happen before the middle of next year, the Taoiseach has said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A significant rollout of Covid-19 vaccines is unlikely to happen before the middle of next year and priority will initially be given to protecting vul(...)

The Moderna vaccine is based on introducing genetic material, known as mRNA, into the human body. Photograph: iStock

As promising results are released from a second vaccine trial, we take a look at what this could mean in the battle against Covid-19. What’s happened(...)

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