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The US Food and Drug Administration has asked Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to include 3,000 children in the five to 11-year-old age group in their studies, according to people familiar with the situation. Photograph: Javier Torres/AFP via Getty

At the urging of federal regulators in the United States, two coronavirus vaccine-makers are expanding the size of their studies in children aged fiv(...)

Christine Loscher says three separate medicines regulatory authorities have approved use of the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds. Photograph: Bloomberg

Roscommon-based family doctor, and mother of five, Madeleine Ní Dhálaigh’s biggest worry is that there will be a mutation of the Covid-19 virus that w(...)

Woebot founder and UCD graduate Alison Darcy

Irish-founded Woebot, a company that has developed a therapeutic chatbot, has raised $90 million (€76.4m) in investment as it looks to transform menta(...)

A patient in the Aduhelm trial, after an infusion. Photograph: Kayana Szymczak/The New York Times

Drug approval is a remarkably sensitive subject. Pressure from patients – and some doctors – will always be for better treatments for poorly served co(...)

A person receives a dose of J&J  Covid-19 vaccine  in Barcelona. Photograph:  Lluis Gene/AFP

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to warn that Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine can lead to an increased risk of a rare(...)

Alzheimer’s disease, which affects about 35 million people worldwide. Photograph: Getty Images

In the normal run of events, the approval of the first new drug for an illness in 18 years would be a cause for celebration. Especially when the drug (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin held talks with the Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis,  and they agreed in principle to the purchase of a million vaccines. Photograph:   Julien Behal Photography

The Government has contacted all EU member states offering to buy spare Covid-19 vaccines in an effort to rapidly accelerate the rollout plan given th(...)

Authors and critics choose the books that have moved and impressed them this year Colm Tóibín Hilary Fannin’s ‘The Weight of Love’ is a complex(...)

Dr Nita Patel, director of antibody discovery and vaccine development, lifts a vaccine vial at Novavax’s  labs in Maryland. Photograph:  Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine was 90 per cent effective in its late stage trial in the US and Mexico and proved it can tackle the virus variants of conce(...)

Dr Holohan accepted the invitation from the committee following expert testimony last week that antigen testing is effective in picking up people who are a risk to others. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A further 431 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the State, according to the Department of Health. There are 58 people in hospital and 22 peopl(...)

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