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 GlaxoSmithKline says its antibody-based therapy is effective against all mutations of the new Omicron coronavirus variant. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

The first drug covered by the Government’s €90 million investment in treatments for Covid-19 is now available for use in Ireland. The Government has(...)

Pfizer’s Paxlovid is expected to be effective against the Omicron  variant, said the EMA.  Photograph: iStock

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended that Pfizer’s coronavirus antiviral drug be authorised for use in the 27-nation European Union, th(...)

Novartis has not been a main player in the Covid field, though it has helped to manufacture mRNA vaccines.  Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Novartis will seek expedited approval for its Covid-19 drug, developed with biotech group Molecular Partners, after strong results from an early-stage(...)

This means vaccinated people with a valid Digital Covid Certificate or another valid proof of recent infection or vaccination will not need a test. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Vaccinated people arriving into the country from overseas will not have to get a clear Covid-19 test from midnight tonight. Since early December, whe(...)

Dr Gerald Barry suggests  a variant with the “severity of Delta and the immune evasion of Omicron” might be a worst case scenario but  the Government should be preparing for it.

Covid-19 will still be around for the whole of 2022 but anti-viral drugs and better planning could lessen its impact, experts have said. The world en(...)

Large Irish corporation tax payments are heavily concentrated within 10 multinationals, with Apple topping the list. Photograph: iStock

Corporation tax has become – in a relatively short period of time – the Government’s third largest tax base, accounting for €1 in every €5 collected. (...)

US regulators have authorised Merck’s antiviral drug for the treatment of Covid-19. Photograph: Merck via AP

The US on Thursday authorised Merck’s antiviral pill for Covid-19 for certain high-risk adult patients, a day after giving a broader go-ahead to a sim(...)

Ires Reit, the State’s largest private residential landlord, hit a 52-week high, gaining 4% to €1.67 albeit on low volumes

European shares ended on Wednesday at near one-week highs, led by gains in technology and industrial stocks, even as investors worried about the outlo(...)

Pfizer’s coronavirus antiviral pill has been authorised in the US for high-risk people aged 12 and above. Photograph: Pfizer/AFP

Pfizer said on Wednesday the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorised its antiviral Covid-19 pill, making it the first at-home treatment for t(...)

Pfizer shows workers in Freiburg, Germany, in November 2021 manufacturing Pfizer’s new antiviral drug, Paxlovid. Photograph: Pfizer via The New York Times

Pfizer on Tuesday said final analysis of its antiviral Covid-19 pill still showed near 90 per cent efficacy in preventing hospitalisations and deaths (...)

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