The Taoiseach  agreed that going to spectator sports with post-match pints and attending weddings should be possible by the end of the year. File photograph: iStock

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has signalled that the reopening of hairdressers, non-essential retail and religious services will still proceed even if the(...)

Peter Arlett, head of EMA’s data analytics and methods task force, said: “The benefit risk balance of the AstraZeneca vaccine is positive. It’s preventing serious disease and saving lives.” Photograph: EPA

Europe’s drug regulator reiterated on Friday the benefits of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine outweigh any risks, delivering an assessment based on cont(...)

Some 14,400 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine have arrived in the State, with 26,600 due next week. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) is meeting on Thursday to discuss further key elements of the State’s Covid-19 vaccine programme. (...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has suggested that the target of vaccinating 82 per cent of adults by the end of June can still be met but supplies of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be needed to do it. File image: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has suggested that the target of vaccinating 82 per cent of adults by the end of June can still be met but supplies of the Johns(...)

A  fresh load of beer is delivered to  De Koning cafe in Alkmaar amid moves to relax coronavirus restrictions from April 28th. Photograph: Koen van Weel

The caretaker Dutch government has finally bowed to pressure and agreed to lift the country’s overnight coronavirus curfew – which led to days of nati(...)

Pfizer employs about 3,700 staff in Ireland across a number of different facilities in Cork, Dublin and Kildare. Photograph: Reuters

The pharmaceutical company Pfizer expressed concern directly to Taoiseach Micheál Martin earlier this year about the possibility of the European Commi(...)

A soldier helps to implement the State’s mandatory quarantine system at Dublin Airport. Three cases of the B1617 variant, first identified in India, have been confirmed in the Republic. At least two of the cases are travel-related and the other one is being investigated Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Senior public health officials will meet on Wednesday to discuss potentially adding India to the mandatory hotel quarantine list of high-risk countrie(...)

Coalition sources say following changes to the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and the uncertainty around Johnson & Johnson, all options have  to be considered to keep the vaccination programme on track. Photograph: Getty Images

Senior medics and experts have urged caution on extending the gap between doses of Covid-19 vaccines, saying a significant benefit to the vaccination (...)

Vaccines are administered at The Helix in Dublin. While timelyvaccine  deliveries are essential, and now largely out of the State’s hands, the success of the campaign will be determined in large part by factors that are very much the responsibility of Government. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Almost four months after the first Covid-19 vaccine was administered in the Republic, it is possible to discern a clear roadmap towards the target of (...)

A man is inoculated with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in the Catalonia Railway Museum. File photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

The risk of experiencing a rare type of blood clot is far higher for those who catch coronavirus than it is for people who have received three of the (...)

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