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 Colombian singer Shakira performs during the  Super Bowl  halftime show in February  2020. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Colombian pop superstar Shakira has become the latest artist to sell the rights to her catalogue of 145 songs to London-listed Hipgnosis Songs Fund, t(...)

Neil Young performs at Madison Square Garden in 2008 in New York.

Neil Young has sold half of the rights to his song catalogue to Hipgnosis, in the same week the publishing house has acquired catalogues by former Fle(...)

Wall Street stocks were mostly higher in early trading on Wednesday, shrugging off US president Donald Trump’s sharp criticism of the stimulus package as the US reached agreement to boost its coronavirus vaccine supply. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

European shares logged yet another day of strong gains on Wednesday, making up almost all of the losses at the start of the week, cheered by suggestio(...)

Covid-19: the Swiss-cheese respiratory virus pandemic defence infographic that Ian Mackay helped to develop

Lately, in the ongoing conversation about how to defeat coronavirus, experts have referred to the “Swiss cheese model” of pandemic defence. The metaph(...)

US drug giant MSD has announced plans to create 240 jobs as it extends a biologics plant it acquired in Dunboyne, Co Meath earlier this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

US drug giant MSD has announced plans to create 240 jobs as it builds a new research facility next to a biologics medicines plant it acquired in Dunbo(...)

Mairéad McCaul

MSD, the maker of cancer blockbuster Keytruda, has named a new head of its Irish business just as the company develops a major new plant in Swords. M(...)

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway placed a $5.7bn (€4.8bn) bet on four US pharmaceutical stocks in the third quarter. File photograph: Getty

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway placed a $5.7 billion (€4.8 billion) bet on four US pharmaceutical stocks in the third quarter, as the billionaire(...)

There are concerns about how long a natural immune response lasts and scientists do not yet know how long vaccine-triggered immunity will endure. Photograph: iStock

The future Covid-19 vaccine market could be worth more than $10 billion (€8.5 billion) a year, generating bumper revenues for pharmaceutical companies(...)

Drugmakers are confident that business will recover. When, is  the question. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

With almost daily announcements about Covid vaccines and therapies, it’s easy to assume that pharmaceutical companies have had an extraordinarily good(...)

A pedestrian wearing a protective mask passing in front of a sign outside Pfizer headquarters in New York.

The chief executive of Pfizer has warned about the reputational risks of fast-tracking a Covid-19 vaccine, as governments put pressure on pharmaceutic(...)

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