“We have to make sure that we are the oracle on scientific information about vaccines,” says European Medicines Agency chief Emer Cooke.

We usually hear about the work of national and international authorities in medicine regulation only when something goes wrong. For example, when the (...)

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 (...)

A woman wearing a face mask  walks outside Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

One in 15 people living in London could already be infected with coronavirus, according to a study by some of the UK government’s scientific advisers,(...)

Two women wearing protective face masks walk along Grafton Street in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Irish residents have been advised not to leave the island until March 29th as the number of coronavirus cases is forecast to reach 1,300 by the end of(...)

Widespread testing, isolation and treatment – as much as possible and  as quickly as possible – is key to stopping the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Facing into some of the hardest weeks this country will ever have experienced, it comes down to this: people in the first half of life have to act imm(...)

Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn arrives for the extraordinary session of the African Union’s Assembly of Heads of State and Government on the case of African Relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC), in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa today. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Africa has agreed that sitting heads of state should not be tried by the International Criminal Court where Kenya’s leaders are in the dock, ministers(...)