A laboratory technician handles vials as part of filling and packaging tests for the production and supply of the University of Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222, conducted on a high-performance aseptic vial filling line on September 11th, 2020 at the Italian biologics manufacturing facility of multinational corporation Catalent in Anagni, southeast of Rome. Photograph: Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

The morning after the world learned that a closely watched clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine – being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford Univers(...)

A woman wearing a face mask  walks outside Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

One in 15 people living in London could already be infected with coronavirus, according to a study by some of the UK government’s scientific advisers,(...)

A scrappage scheme for older diesels or more electric vehicles would improve city air quality in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Invisible particles from diesel engines are causing deaths in Ireland, especially from cardiovascular diseases. In the past five years science has als(...)

Reporter Darragh Murphy with Hao Nguyen and Bei Nguyen of Operation Smile in  Hanoi. “We thought after a few years of our work, the backlog would decrease,” the latter says. “But it has increased.”

There are more disabled people in Vietnam than there are people in the Republic of Ireland – upwards of five million, according to Irish Aid. Over the(...)

Ibuprofen provides meagre benefit for back pain, according to a new study. Photograph: Thinkstock

Common drugs used to treat back pain only provide meagre benefits that are outweighed by the side effects, scientists have warned. A new study sugges(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, at The Human Right to Health meeting at NUIG on Friday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

President Michael D Higgins has called for a “deepening of the discourse” between economics and human rights, particularly the human right to health.I(...)

Counting down the minutes to medical attention while waiting on a hospital trolley in the wee small hours, one may have many thoughts: but not necessa(...)