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A study by Public Health England found that the Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca shots were 88 per cent and 60 per cent effective against the Indian variant after two doses, respectively. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

With the death toll from Covid-19 in India having reached a staggering 300,000 this week, the spread of a highly transmissible variant first identifie(...)

The $50 billion figure is tiny compared with the $16 trillion that the IMF estimates countries have already spent supporting households and businesses during the pandemic. Photograph: AFP

The world could “end the pandemic” in mid-2022 by vaccinating 60 per cent of the population at a cost of $50 billion (€41 billion), the International (...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has signed a new vaccine supply contract with Pfizer that commits to sourcing key vaccine components within the EU. Photograph: Julien Warnand

Pfizer must manufacture vaccines and source ingredients within the European Union under a new contract signed with the European Commission for 1.8 bil(...)

Pfizer’s Irish plant at Grange Castle is among those under consideration as the company plans to expand its Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing network. Photograph:  Patrick Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Pfizer is to start producing supplies of its Covid-19 vaccine from its Grange Castle plant in Dublin as part of a new $40 million investment locally, (...)

Even if the EMA in time approves any or all of the vaccines for use in children, choosing the timing of any such extension of the programme will not be a straightforward decision. Photograph:  Luis Acosta/ AFP via Getty Images

Covid-19 vaccination programmes are progressing steadily in the West, giving a growing share of the adult population strong protection against the vir(...)

GlaxoSmithKline chose to provide an adjuvant that boosts the effectiveness of many vaccines to several partners, rather than develop its own Covid-19 shot. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is banking that it can come back from behind in the race for a Covid-19 vaccine and play an important role preparing for new pan(...)

Canada became the first country in the world at the start of May to approve the Pfizer vaccine for 12 years and up and was followed by the United States a week later. Photograph: iStock

Children and teenagers have been spared the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, in medical terms at least, even though it has affected them in many other (...)

A 12-week gap between Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine doses significantly increases the immune response in older people, research suggests. Photograph: PA Wire

UK research has found that giving the Pfizer/BioNTech booster after 12 weeks rather than three produced a much stronger antibody response in older peo(...)

Most children with Covid-19 only develop mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. However, children are not without risk of becoming seriously ill, and they can still spread the virus. File photograph: iStock

US regulators on Monday authorised Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for use in children as young as 12, widening the country’s inoculation progr(...)

European stocks reached record highs on Monday as miners led gains after commodity prices surged and optimism about the reopening of economies and easy monetary policy lifted sectors that typically benefit from a recovery.

European stocks reached record highs on Monday as miners led gains after commodity prices surged and optimism about the reopening of economies and eas(...)

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