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(...)

The UCD campus. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

University College Dublin president Prof Andrew Deeks was told last year by a professor who quit a gender equality group at the university that she sa(...)

‘I truly believe a flu jab and a renewed zeal for hand washing and social distancing will make the winter ahead a bearable one.’ Photograph: iStock

As the evenings begin to close in and a distinctly autumnal air prevails, the sense of a challenging winter ahead is difficult to ignore. For many pat(...)

Rather than dealing with anxiety by getting lost worrying, it’s helpful to experiment with empowering strategies. Photograph: iStock

In this emotional equivalent to an ultramarathon, it’s key to have some stress-reducing strategies available that work quickly and efficiently to help(...)

A photo provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a colorised transmission electron microscope image of coronavirus. Photograph: NIAID via The New York Times

Scientists are beginning to untangle one of the most complex biological mysteries of the coronavirus pandemic: Why do some people get severely sick, w(...)

The consultation is part of an independent, two-year project being carried out by the Working Group on Unification Referendums on the Island of Ireland

A public consultation on the format of any future Border poll and how it might be carried out is being launched today by academics in Ireland, Britain(...)

Flares from oil wells light the night sky in Nahran Omar in Iraq. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/New York Times

The men of Nahran Omar, a village in the heart of southern Iraq’s oil country, filed into a Shia shrine clutching envelopes with X-rays, medical repor(...)

Wearing a mask is just one measure, along with handwashing and social distancing to try to contain Covid-19.

The percentage of people in Ireland wearing face masks in public is quite low – far lower than the 83.4 per cent uptake reported in Italy. This is des(...)

Ivanka Trump endorsing a product on social media this week, prompting concerns that she violated US government ethics rules. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

America’s National Association of Manufacturers gave Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, its prestigious Alexander Hamilton award this year. “Like(...)

Vehicles line up at a drive-through testing site for coronavirus in Dallas. Photograph: Nitashia Johnson/The New York Times

US federal health officials are already trying to decide who will get the first doses of any effective coronavirus vaccines, which could be on the mar(...)

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