More than 30,000 people are employed in the pharma sector in Ireland

Ireland is a world leader in making and producing cancer therapies, so why do Irish patients have to wait so long to access innovative medicines? It(...)

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The European pharmaceutical industry’s vaccines lobby has pushed the EU for exemptions that would protect its members from lawsuits if there are probl(...)

While work on recommendations as to which groups may be prioritised to receive the vaccine is ongoing, decisions will be based on the need to protect individuals, break the transmission of the virus and protect essential services

Vaccination is one of the top medical discoveries of all time. From the development of the world’s very first vaccine, for small pox, in the late 1700(...)

Emer Cooke moves to the EMA from a role as director of the WHO’s regulation and prequalification department, which she held since 2016

Emer Cooke has been named executive director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), becoming the first woman to lead the powerful regulatory body. Th(...)

Remdesivir has already been approved for emergency use in severely-ill patients in the United States, India and South Korea. Photograph: iStock

The European healthcare regulator has recommended the conditional approval of Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral treatment, remdesivir, for use in Covid-(...)

Demand for remdesivir has been growing as there are currently no approved treatments or vaccines for Covid-19.

The European Union may give an initial green light in the coming days for sale of the drug remdesivir as a Covid-19 treatment, the head of its medicin(...)

A volunteer takes part in a clinical trial  in Cape Town to see whether the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine helps limit the damage caused by Covid-19. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images.

It is easy to be appalled and a bit morbidly amused by suggestions to sunbathe, inject disinfectant and swallow Clorox. This magical thinking and ir(...)

The target proteins for a coronavirus vaccine are  the spikes that give the virus its crown-like appearance, hence the name coronavirus. Photograph:  Getty Images

A vaccine for Covid-19 is soon to be injected into healthy volunteers in Seattle, US. The National Institutes of Health in the US will run these tests(...)

Kylene Karnuth, a clinical lab scientist, works with coronavirus samples as researchers begin a trial to see whether malaria treatment hydroxychloroquine can prevent or reduce the severity of the coronavirus disease  at the University of Minnesota, US. Photograph:  Craig Lassig/Reuters

A race is being fought from every corner of the world to find a coronavirus vaccine. It is an immense effort involving co-operation between countries,(...)

A man wearing a respiratory mask  walks past the  Colosseum monument, which has been closed, in Rome on Tuesday. Three weeks ago there had been no reported cases of coronavirus in Italy. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

It seems like the world has been turned upside down in recent days as a result of the coronavirus spread. Where are we now? We are in absolutely unch(...)

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