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(...)

Sandra Gallagher, shop manager of Guineys, with its seasonal window display on North Earl Street, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Politics is often bedevilled by short-termism and so, unfortunately, is Ireland’s current response to Covid-19. Instead of asking how to escape repea(...)

Irish people will have to get used to a return to the the situation in the 1970s and 1980s when few people went abroad, Professor Mary Horgan told the McGill Summer school. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Irish people will have to get used to a return to the the situation in the 1970s and 1980s when few people went abroad, Professor Mary Horgan has sai(...)

Donegal’s Hugh McFadden takes his jersey before their Allianz League win over Tyrone on Saturday. Photo: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

When it comes to predicting tsunamis, National Geographic cautions: “If you see the ocean receding unusually rapidly or far it’s a good sign that a bi(...)

‘Until we get a vaccine, normal life will not resume as we know it,’ said Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo illustration:  Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Last Wednesday evening, shortly after announcing yet another round of restrictions, effectively cancelling Halloween and raising a big question mark o(...)

Bulelani Mfaco. Photograph: Alan Place

As the new Government commits to ending Ireland’s inhumane system of accommodating asylum seekers, it has a chance to create a far better, far chea(...)

Labour leader Keir Starmer. He said of Boris Johnson: “He has been found out. He either dodges the question or he gives dodgy answers.”  Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty Images

Britain faces a real risk of a second wave of coronavirus and the likelihood of local flare-ups, the heads of 15 of the country’s top health professio(...)

Just five postmortems have been carried out on Covid-19-positive patients, The Irish Times reported earlier this month. The overall number of postmortems carried out in the first four months of the year was substantially down. File photograph: Getty

Postmortems should not be carried out on bodies without first testing them for Covid-19, according to newly published recommendations from the Royal C(...)

Many human infections with other viral pathogens, such as influenza virus, do not produce a durable immune response.

As the Covid-19 pandemic rolls inexorably onwards, many of us are trying to get some handle on the future shape of our lives. When can we experie(...)

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