Younger, healthier adults in rich countries are being vaccinated before health workers and older people in poorer countries, the WHO’s director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

The world is on the brink of a “catastrophic moral failure” in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. (...)

There is currently no evidence to suggest the vaccines will not work against the known variants of Covid-19. Photograph: iStock

The World Health Organisation estimates that vaccines prevented at least 10 million deaths between 2010 and 2015. “Many millions more lives were (...)

A beneficiary gets a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine shot, at the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

There are triumphant scenes as lorries leave a vaccine plant in Pune, India, loaded with boxes that will prevent thousands of deaths. Adar Poonawalla,(...)

A cycle of IVF usually costs between €6,000 and €10,000 depending on which treatment is required and which clinic you are using. Photograph: iStock

In 2019, the government committed to publicly funding infertility services, including IVF. Lynn Enright asks if it will happen this year and speaks(...)

A woman is vaccinated in the new Covid-19 vaccination centre in Slagelse, Denmark. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty

HSE chief executive Paul Reid is an avid soccer fan. On Thursday he said Irish people may feel like the country is 5-1 down in the Covid-19 battle but(...)

People visit an exhibition about Chinas fight against the Covid-19 coronavirus at a convention centre in Wuhan  that was previously a makeshift hospital for coronavirus patients. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images

Boxes of imported steaks arriving at the Baishazhou wholesale market in Wuhan go through an elaborate ritual before being placed in the freezers that (...)

Cars  line up at the RocDoc rapid Covid test centre based  at Dublin Airport on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A further 50 deaths of Covid-19 patients were reported on Friday as the chief medical officer warned of a newly identified variant identified in Brazi(...)

An ambulance arrives at the Mater Hospital in Dublin this week, as hospitals come under pressure from a surge in Covid-19 patients. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The pressure on hospitals from the unprecedented surge in Covid-19 patients is expected to peak in the next week, according to public health officials(...)

Ireland did exceptionally well twice during the pandemic, WHO head of emergencies Mike Ryan said. Photograph: EPA

Ireland and other countries could be “in serious trouble” if new variants of Covid-19 “change the rules of the game” in terms of preventing transmissi(...)

  People walk past a   billboard advertising ‘Mask up Lagos’ along a road in Yaba district in Lagos, Nigeria. Photograph:Akintunde Akinleye/EPA

The African Union has secured a provisional 270 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for its member states, with at least 50 million becoming available betw(...)

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