Mary Horgan

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There have been reports by people who say their infection was not initially picked up with an antigen test. Photograph : Laura Hutton

A small scale study in the US, which has not been peer-reviewed, has led to widespread media coverage suggesting that antigen tests may not be as effe(...)

Covid-19 vaccination centre at Citywest earlier in December: With another 9,006 Covid-19 cases recorded on Tuesday, almost 40,000 people have tested positive since Christmas Day. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Ireland is likely to “overcome” the Omicron wave of Covid-19 infections more quickly than earlier waves, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has forecast. While Ja(...)

Gay men will be permitted to give blood four months after their last sexual contact with a man. Photograph: iStock

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is set to reduce the time gay and bisexual men have to wait after sexual contact with other men before they(...)

It is seen as unlikely the vaccine will be administered to primary school children here before the new year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The HSE is stepping up its planning on how it will vaccinate children between the ages of five and 11 after the EU’s drug regulator approved use of th(...)

An antigen test is quicker but less reliable than a PCR test. Photograph: iStock

Close contacts of confirmed cases of Covid-19 will be sent free antigen tests by post to test themselves for the virus as long as they are fully vacci(...)

Dr Mike Ryan, director of the WHO’s health emergencies programme, said Europe was again experiencing ‘the roller coaster of Covid’. Photograph: Getty

There is unlikely to be enough immunity from Covid-19 in populations to stop the virus spreading, the Irish doctor leading the World Health Organisati(...)

A Covid-19 rapid antigen test. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

Widespread misconceptions exist about Covid-19 antigen testing, according to a new report, with almost half of us thinking a person with symptoms does(...)

Covid-19: the European Commission has compiled a list of scientifically validated antigen tests. Photograph: E+/iStock/Getty

I read that the Government is introducing antigen tests to help prevent the further spread of Covid-19. How will this work? Fully vaccinated close con(...)

Indoor dining is being restricted to those who are fully vaccinated or those who have recovered from a recent Covid infection. Image: Paul Scott

The Government has taken the wraps off its latest plan to enable indoor dining and drinking in the Covid era. Under the plan, legislation to enable mo(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said there is a sense that people didn’t really believe the Nphet modeling provided ahead of the Government decision to postpone the reopening of indoor hospitality. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he is concerned about the “free for all” that appears to be developing in the UK and the threat of “spill over” here ami(...)

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