Kim Roberts

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In The News is hosted by reporters Conor Pope and Sorcha Pollak.

Forty years ago a US medical journal published the first sketchy details of a disease which came to be known as Aids. Since then, 33 million people h(...)

When certain variants increase the risk to human health, they are considered to be variants of concern (VOCs)

A variant of Covid-19 first found in India has become the latest to attract widespread concern over fears it could spread more easily or even bypass v(...)

Prof Luke O’Neill said scientific literacy in Ireland was at an all-time high. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Public trust in science has built up strongly during the Covid-19 pandemic, but if there is no breakthrough over the next six months on a vaccine this(...)

People who wear face visors instead of masks to protect themselves from Covid-19 may be putting themselves at greater risk from the illness with older people particularly vulnerable, one of the State’s leading virologists has warned. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images)

People who wear face visors instead of masks to protect themselves from Covid-19 may be putting themselves at greater risk from the illness with older(...)

The flu vaccine is free for those over 65, people with long-term health issues and children. Photograph: iStock

Facing into the winter flu season during a pandemic is a frightening prospect. The severity of the influenza viruses in circulation each year is alrea(...)

If an effective vaccine materialises, all changes; but no one can assume vaccination will save us.   Illustration:  Frank Bienewald/ Getty Images

What does the statistic of zero new deaths reported on Monday mean for Ireland? If Ireland avoids a second coronavirus peak, Monday, May 25th, 2020 wi(...)

Prof Arnie Hill, of  the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, believes  Covid has expanded people’s interest in healthcare.

In 2008, a massive global recession gave the world a crash course in economics. Suddenly, credit default swaps, hedge funds and equity ratios (don’t a(...)

An N95 protective mask sits on the dashboard of an ambulance in Teaneck, New Jersey. Photograph: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg

As the number of people wearing protective face masks in Ireland soars one of the State’s leading virologists has warned that the equipment may actual(...)

Prof Marc Van Ranst said the pandemic was exposing weaknesses in national healthcare systems.

The Covid-19 virus is “incredibly aggressive and spectacularly contagious”, according to leading coronavirus scientists. Virus numbers are three tim(...)

Senior physician Henrik Nielsen receives the drug remdesivir in a cooling box, to test on COVID-19 patients, at Aalborg University Hospital in Copenhagen. Photograph: Henning Bagger/EPA

A cacophony of drug hopefuls for Covid-19 has bombarded news headlines and bounced around social media for weeks. There have been incendiary announcem(...)

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