Dr Anthony Fauci: He continues to believe the “overwhelming likelihood” is that the Sars-Cov-2 virus transferred into humans from animals. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger-Pool/Getty Images

It was almost 6.45pm on Saturday, February 1st, 2020, when Dr Anthony Fauci fired off the email which would pitch him into possibly the biggest contro(...)

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said the National Public Emergency Team will meet on Monday to review and discuss the case figures    “and will make any necessary recommendations to Government which are required to protect the vulnerable, continue with the resumption of healthcare services and ensure the safe reopening of our schools.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There have been 66 new cases of Covid-19 reported on Sunday, the Department of Health has confirmed. There have now been a total of 27,257 confirmed (...)

The World Health Organisation predicts  22 per cent of the global population will be over 60 by 2050. Photograph: Getty Images

Public commentary during the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed “ageist attitudes”, a Galway charity which works with older people has said. Cope Galway(...)

A bottle and pills of hydroxychloroquine sit on a counter at a pharmacy in Provo, Utah. Photograph: George Frey/AFP via Getty Images

A study that said a malaria drug backed by President Donald Trump to treat and prevent coronavirus raised the risk of heart side effects and death has(...)

Hanwha Eagles players line up wearing face masks ahead of the opening game of South Korea’s new baseball season. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/Getty/AFP

This is a series of regular updates from Irish Times Environment & Science Editor Kevin O’Sullivan on scientific initiatives and developments on c(...)

With any vaccine still in early development, the best way to mitigate the pandemic is social distancing, experts say. Photograph: iStock

As many as 25 per cent of people infected with the new coronavirus may not show symptoms, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventi(...)

Attendees wait to ask a question of a Google Assistant at a giant “Hey Google” gumball machine game at CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Robyn Beck / AFP

Politicians and privacy campaigners have called for Google’s $2.1bn deal for Fitbit to be blocked, over fears the search giant will feed its growing h(...)

Gabriele Grunewald runs in the Women’s 1,500 metres opening round during the 2017 USA Track & Field Championships at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Gabriele Grunewald, the elite runner who gained the support of thousands of followers on social media for her perseverance in competing while facing a(...)

New RIA members (from left): Nobel Laureate John O’Keefe, Olivia O’Leary and Diarmaid Ferriter. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is to establish a new academy for Ireland’s leading young researchers in the sciences and humanities. It will provide (...)

Circa 1975: Freddie Mercury in concert during the Queen’s British tour. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images.

Ten years ago, as I was interviewing a close confidante of Freddie Mercury, his phone rang. I was working on a literary biography about the late singe(...)

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