Paddy Mallon

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‘Early data shows that the first dose of the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines is highly effective.’

To extend or not to extend, that is the question. At a time of scarce Covid-19 vaccine supplies, the debate rages as to whether it is a good idea to (...)

Staff demonstrate a Covid-19 antigen test at the RocDoc testing facility at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Laura Hutton

An expert group convened by the Government has split on the role of rapid antigen testing in suppressing Covid-19 and reopening society. While the fi(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is under pressure to release the report on antigen testing, with Labour leader Alan Kelly saying it would be ‘beyond a joke’ if it is not published this week. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has received a report on the use of rapid antigen testing in Ireland, promising it will be published “soon”. It (...)

Banks of the Grand Canal at Portobello: The Government last week raised concerns in its plan for the next phase of the pandemic about public fatigue with lockdowns. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

If the push/pull of lockdowns and reopenings dominated the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, vaccines and variants will preoccupy the public and(...)

The study  found that an “effective” first lockdown led to the disappearance of first-wave viruses. Illustration: Paul Scott

Ireland eliminated Covid-19 variants circulating in the first wave through lockdown measures and the second wave was seeded by variants imported from (...)

Five outbreaks of Covid-19 in nursing homes were reported during the sixth reporting week of the year, down from 47 five weeks earlier, according to new data. File photograph: iStock

In a sign of declining infections and the potential benefit from vaccinations, the number of new Covid-19 cases linked to hospital and nursing home ou(...)

Dr Cillian de Gascun, director of UCD national virus reference laboratory. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Virologist Dr Cillian de Gascun has said that the Cabinet should be vaccinated as they are key workers and decision makers. Speaking on RTÉ radio’s T(...)

A member of the medical staff donning PPE before working in the Covid Emergency Department at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In St Vincent’s Hospital’s intensive care unit, medical staff are racing to deal with fast-rising numbers of admissions, while taking delivery of s(...)

Prof Paddy Mallon: If the new strain is easier to transmit, it could force a fundamental change in how the Government controls the virus. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new, more infectious strain of coronavirus reported in parts of Britain has led to the Government and other countries including Germany and Italy to(...)

The positivity rate for tests carried out also continues to improve, down to 4.8 per cent today from a high of 7.3 per cent on October 20th.  File photograph: The Irish Times.

Maintaining the downward trend in Covid-19 cases is “crucial”, chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has said, after the lowest daily case figures in (...)

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