Mike Ryan

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It is not yet clear whether annual vaccines would need to be tweaked every year for new variants, as happens with the annual flu jab. Photograph: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg

Annual vaccines to tackle Covid-19 are likely to be needed, the boss of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has said. Dr Albert Bourla said yearly vaccinatio(...)

 Travel restrictions are back in vogue. From Friday, the State will demand that vaccinated arrivals also have proof of negative virus tests. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The most depressing thing about the Omicron variant is the predictable overreaction to Covid-19’s latest manifestation. Travel restrictions are back i(...)

Passengers get tested for Covid-19 at OR Thambo International Airport in Johannesburg as restrictions on international flights from South Africa started to take effect  after the announcement by local scientists of the new Omicron variant. Photograph: Kim Kudbrook/EPA

The ever-changing Covid-19 saga continues: struggling with the transmissibility of the Delta variant, the world now faces a new variant of concern, Om(...)

Boosters were and are badly needed here, and we should not be guilt-tripped by anybody out of deploying them. Photograph: Atef Safadi/ EPA

People do things and they say things. As hospitals once again fill with the sick and hospitality businesses bear the brunt of restrictions, it is reas(...)

Catherine Corless at the site of the former Tuam mother and baby home in 2019. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Catherine Corless has received a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Red Cross for her investigations into the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home (...)

With the number of Covid cases rising sharply among children in recent weeks, it has become increasingly clear that some form of intervention will be needed to ease the stress and disruption that schools are now facing

Schools will reopen after the mid-term break next week amid rising tensions over the State’s approach to Covid in the classroom. In choosing last mont(...)

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(...)

Doctors attend a patient in the Covid-19 section at an emergency hospital in Bucharest. In Romania, an EU country of about 19 million, only 36% of adults are fully inoculated. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo

Hospitals are struggling to cope as Covid-19 sweeps through large unvaccinated populations in central and eastern Europe, where low levels of trust im(...)

Coronavirus booster shots are already being provided to the very old and the immunocompromised. File photograph: Getty

Covid-19 boosters are firmly on the political agenda, despite a lack of consensus among scientists about the benefit they confer. The main reason st(...)

The WHO is seeking to “take a step back, create an environment where we can again look at the scientific issues”, said Mike Ryan. Photograph:  Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

The World Health Organization has said its newly formed advisory group on dangerous pathogens may be “our last chance” to determine the origins of the(...)

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