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Prof Karina Butler, Chair of National Immunisation Advisory Committee. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Vaccination, argues one well-placed source, is always vital – however, “it’s not essential to the political life of the country”. Covid-19 has turned(...)

Under massive pressure, faced by a novel threat and an equally novel solution, the State’s systems for planning and managing mass immunisation programmes are to be tested like never before. Photograph: iStock

Before vaccines, pandemics ended very differently. There was, explains a senior Irish drugs industry expert, a “social end to a pandemic”. Either a vi(...)