Hand gel and face mask. Photograph: Getty Images

People will need to get used to the changes as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, and should be allowed to do so at their own pace, says one of Ireland(...)

There have been reports by people who say their infection was not initially picked up with an antigen test. Photograph : Laura Hutton

A small scale study in the US, which has not been peer-reviewed, has led to widespread media coverage suggesting that antigen tests may not be as effe(...)

Covid-19: the European Commission has compiled a list of scientifically validated antigen tests. Photograph: E+/iStock/Getty

I read that the Government is introducing antigen tests to help prevent the further spread of Covid-19. How will this work? Fully vaccinated close con(...)

Professor says it is ‘highly unlikely’ additional doses of vaccine would reduce mucosal responses and, therefore, prevent all infections and transmission. Photograph: iStock

The protection vaccines give against Covid-19 may be boosted through exposure to a mild infection with the virus, according to an Irish immunologist.(...)

Staff demonstrate a Covid-19 antigen test at the RocDoc testing facility at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Laura Hutton

An expert group convened by the Government has split on the role of rapid antigen testing in suppressing Covid-19 and reopening society. While the fi(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is under pressure to release the report on antigen testing, with Labour leader Alan Kelly saying it would be ‘beyond a joke’ if it is not published this week. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has received a report on the use of rapid antigen testing in Ireland, promising it will be published “soon”. It (...)

Harlan Coben: ‘Every book I write I say, this book sucks and the one I did before was great. How did I lose it? And then five minutes later I’m, like, this book is great!’ Photograph: Vincent Tullo/New York Times

The thriller writer Harlan Coben has some free advice for anyone who cares to ask: “If it produces pages: good. If it doesn’t produce pages: bad.” Wit(...)

The Dying with Dignity group – Tom Curran, Vicky Phelan, Gino Kenny TD and Gail O’Rorke – campaigning outside Leinster House in September 2020.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Planned legislation before the Oireachtas which seeks to legalise assisted dying in Ireland is “deeply flawed” and leaves the population open to “sign(...)

Prof Karina Butler is chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, and is also a member of the high level task force on Covid-19 vaccination. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Three new members have been appointed to the National Public Health Emergency Team to bolster its infectious disease and scientific resources. Two o(...)

Dr Gerald Barry said the successful vaccination of older and vulnerable cohorts of society would have major impact. Photograph:  Joel Saget/AFP via Getty

There was initially no GP representative on a new body tasked with planning for widespread coronavirus vaccination, even though they are likely to pla(...)

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