The Covid-19 vaccination centre at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Omicron variant of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus was circulating in Ireland almost a week before the first official case was identified, a new repor(...)

Executive director of the WHO health emergencies programme Dr  Mike Ryan. Photograph:   Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

It’s hard to imagine anything short of an incoming meteor fazing Dr Mike Ryan, the Irish man leading the World Health Organisation’s emergency respons(...)

The Monastery or Ad Deir in Petra: Flights to Petra in Jordan are up by 22 per cent this year as interest in long-haul holidays picks up. Photograph: iStock

Pent-up demand for longer and more expensive holidays signal a return to foreign travel unseen since 2019 Grandparents going on epic holidays wi(...)

Many analysts see  a chance that Covid will be endemic by the time the Omicron wave subsides. Photograph: iStock

The world is grappling with record cases of Covid-19 as Omicron spreads like no variant of the virus before it. Yet some senior European figures, such(...)

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro:  he says  the new variant is far less lethal and ‘could signal the end of the pandemic’.  Photograph:  by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro says Omicron is “welcome” in Brazil despite the Covid-19 variant causing a surge in cases that is putting the count(...)

Vaccination centre in Nairobi. ‘The coming months will be critical in Africa’s efforts to improve vaccination,’ Dr Abdou Salam Gueye of the World Health Organisation says. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images

Africa’s recorded Covid-19 cases have dropped for the first time since the Omicron wave began, following a six-week surge, but deaths rose 64 per cent(...)

A nurse prepares a booster dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Jakarta on Wednesday. A WHO group has called for new jabs that better protect against Covid transmission. Photograph: Adek Berry/AFP via Getty Images

World Health Organisation (WHO) experts have warned that repeating booster doses of the original Covid vaccines is not a viable strategy against emerg(...)

Aisha Mohammed and her two-year-old son, Umar, who is being treated for cholera. Photograph: Sally Hayden

It was the middle of the night when Aisha Mohammed noticed her two-year-old son, Umar, had started vomiting. Then he started “passing watery stool, li(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaking ahead of the Cabinet meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has defended the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic this winter as he confirmed that rules on close contacts woul(...)

Long Covid includes persistent symptoms such as breathlessness, fatigue, and reduced exercise tolerance in patients after acute SARS-CoV-2 infection

In 2020, three of Ireland’s leading physicians – GP professor Walter Cullen and consultant psychiatrists Professors Gautam Gulati and Brendan Kelly – (...)

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