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While waning vaccine immunity was outside the control of Boris Johnson’s government, some of its own decisions have undoubtedly compromised the UK’s ability to keep the disease under control. Photograph: Tolga Akmen / AFP via Getty Images

Some 223 people died of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom on Tuesday – the highest daily death toll from the disease since March. A further 43,738 new ca(...)

Prof O’Neill said the data suggested the drop was due to waning efficacy rather than more contagious variants. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Immunologist Prof Luke O’Neill has said that at present healthy people under the age of 60 do not need a booster vaccine, but that the situation could(...)

The  Food and Drug Administration  is still reviewing the AstraZeneca jab for use in the US. The jab has been approved and administered to tens of millions of people in Europe. Photograph:  Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images

The US government is still deciding which Covid-19 vaccines it will accept for entry once transatlantic travel resumes into the country from November.(...)

Overall, 91%  of people either intend to get vaccinated or have already received the jab.Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s vaccination rate may be one of the highest in Europe but there are still signs of hesitancy among younger people, the latest results in a tr(...)

A self-amplifying RNA vaccine encodes the instructions for the host cell to make a coronavirus protein and makes lots of copies of the RNA containing those instructions, meaning doses can be smaller and cheaper. Photograph: iStock

AstraZeneca on Thursday struck a deal with the firm behind Imperial College London’s experimental Covid-19 vaccine to develop and sell drugs based on (...)

A booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine provided 100 per cent protection against severe disease when given two months after the first inoculation. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

A booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine provided 100 per cent protection against severe disease when given two months after the fir(...)

The Dublin market followed other indices down on Friday with the Iseq closing 0.2 per cent lower at 8785.21

European stocks fell on Friday, capping their third straight week in the red as the basic resources sector was hit by declines in Anglo American, but(...)

China has administered more than two billion doses, most of them inactivated vaccines developed by Sinopharm and privately owned Sinovac, another biotech group

Sinopharm is developing a homegrown mRNA inoculation for Covid-19, becoming one of the first big Chinese pharmaceutical groups to pursue the technolog(...)

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said almost 88 per cent of adults in the State had been fully vaccinated. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA

The chief executive of the Health Service Executive Paul Reid has said the “finishing line of this phase of the vaccination programme is so close now”(...)

A study of 1.2 million test results has found that the effectiveness of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines at preventing Covid-19 infection declines within six months. Photograph: Bloomberg

Protection against Covid-19 offered by two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines begins to fade within six mont(...)

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