Medical staff take a patient infected with Covid-19 for an evacuation by helicopter from the Netherlands to Germany. Photograph: Olaf Kraak/ANP/AFP via Getty

European countries are bracing for a grim winter as surging coronavirus infections strain hospital capacity and force leaders to impose tighter restri(...)

The race for a coronavirus vaccine has stoked a debate on how much the jabs will cost and who will pay for them.

The race for a coronavirus vaccine has stoked a debate on how much the jabs will cost and who will pay for them, as prices range from $3 to more than (...)

A file image of a 10-week-old baby girl being bottle fed. Photograph:   Getty Images

Bottle-fed babies swallow ‘millions of microplastic particles’ – should we be worried? The headlines are scary but the research by Irish scientists w(...)

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and French prime minister Jean Castex  meet members of Civil Protection who organized the Covid-19 test centre at the 4th district City Hall in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

Health authorities have warned that hospitals are at risk of being overrun across Europe as countries see record rises in coronavirus infections and i(...)

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern meets with Labour Party volunteers in Auckland on Friday. Photograph:   Mark Coote/Bloomberg

It’s been called the Covid election, with stability the order of the day. But it has turned into the weirdest general election campaign New Zealander(...)

There are some simple behavioural strategies, such as: don’t just meet for coffee, walk with coffee. Photograph: Getty

Admitting that we are wrong is painful. We try to avoid it. Research shows that before changing our minds, most of us will search for a way to dismiss(...)

Ciara Donlon of Theya Healthcare  has created reusable, sustainably produced, naturally antibacterial and breathable bamboo fibre face masks.

HiberGene has focused on development of new diagnostic tests for infectious diseases since 2015. Up to January 2020 they had developed 12 products tha(...)

MSF nurse Bhelekazi Mdlalose performs a swab test in Lenasia, Johannesburg: Reliable rapid tests could work to simplify the detection of positive cases and their isolation. Photograph: Michele Spatari

The World Health Organisation has announced plans to make 120 million cheap Covid-19 antigen tests available to lower- and middle-income countries as (...)

Initial studies of the impact of the coronavirus restrictions in March to May of 2020 indicate levels of NO2 dropped dramatically, especially in urban areas. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s biggest source of air pollution is the burning of solid fuel in residential properties, and this is also the main contributor to an estimate(...)

European Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen delivers her first state of the union speech at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: EPA

Europe must use green investments to relaunch its economy in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic to reshape it for the future, EU Commission presiden(...)

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