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People queue in Bolton, England, as mass vaccinations take place to try and combat the coronavirus variant first discovered in India. Data suggests it is more transmissible than the UK variant that spread across Ireland quickly over Christmas.  Photograph: Christopher Furlong

Amid the general euphoria and optimism around the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, there is one “fly in the ointment” – the variant of the virus first(...)

Internally displaced persons gather in  Matuge, northern Mozambique, on February 24th following  attacks by Islamist militants. Photograph: Alfredo Zuniga/AFP via Getty Images

White contractors were prioritised over poor black people for air rescue by a private security company during an attack by jihadists on a strategic to(...)

 Members of the Defence Forces escort two buses to The Red Cow Covid mandatory quarantine hotel last week. Currently, there are 976 people in mandatory hotel quarantine. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The Government is expected to consider plans next week for the revision of mandatory hotel quarantine arrangements as well as moves to ease restrictio(...)

Roche, which also operates in Ireland, does not make vaccines but it has been an important player in providing Covid-19 tests and medicines. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images

Roche chief executive Severin Schwan has warned that waiving Covid-19 vaccine patents would be a “catastrophe” comparable to East Germany’s nationalis(...)

Irish rugby player Robbie Henshaw has become embroiled in a planning row over a gym erected in the back garden of his Dublin home during the pandemic. File photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan.

Irish rugby player Robbie Henshaw has become embroiled in a planning row over a gym erected in the back garden of his Dublin home during the pandemic.(...)

Niall Kearney putts on the ninth green during the final round of the Canary Islands Championship at Golf Costa Adeje in Tenerife on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Where his original itinerary had been mapped out to follow the Challenge Tour, from South Africa to Sweden, Niall Kearney’s change of course may initi(...)

Quinn Roux is to leave Connacht in the summer after seven years with the province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have confirmed that their South African-born lock Quinn Roux is to leave the province this summer on foot of an anticipated move to Toulon. (...)

Staff work on the production of BioNTech/Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine at Allergopharma’s production facilities  near Hamburg, Germany, last week. Photograph: Christian Charisius/ EPA

The decision by the United States to support a temporary suspension of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines has rattled drugmakers, spli(...)

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and secretary general Ace Magashule. Photograph:  Rajesh Jantilal/AFP via Getty

A senior African National Congress leader who is charged with corruption has refused to accept his suspension from South Africa’s ruling party ahead o(...)

A pharmacist administering a dose of the Moderna  vaccine in Washington, DC. Photograph: Eric Lee/Bloomberg

Moderna reported its first ever quarterly profit as it sold $1.7 billion (€1.4 bn) worth of Covid-19 vaccines in the first three months of the year, a(...)

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