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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern visits a lab at Auckland University in December. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand’s “go hard, go early” strategy to combat Covid-19 attracted global praise and eliminated local transmission of the virus. But the country’(...)

People  queue to get  Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in a vaccination centre in the GUM State Department store in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: AP

Hungary has become the first European Union country to give initial approval to Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, amid complaints from some memb(...)

The Coombe maternity hospital in Dublin: 16 relatives of staff at the hospital  received leftover doses of vaccines  which the hospitals have said would have otherwise gone to waste.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The board of the Coombe hospital in Dublin has ordered an independent review into how family members of employees received Covid-19 vaccines. In a st(...)

The researchers said their results indicate its is “unlikely that the B.1.1.7 lineage will escape BNT162b2-mediated (Pfizer/BionTech vaccine) protection. Photograph: Boris Roessler/AFP via Getty Images

A Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech appears to protect against a coronavirus variant spreading rapidly across the UK. The results com(...)

In early January,  many health workers were surprised that they were able to draw six and in some cases seven doses from each Pfizer/BioNTech vial, which the company has said contained just five. Photograph: Boris Roessler /  AFP via Getty Images

Maintaining public faith in the Covid-19 vaccine programme is one of the most important tasks facing Government as it embarks on this unprecedented na(...)

A  woman receives a Covid-19 vaccine shot from a male nurse  in Jerusalem, Israel. The vaccine is administered at 350 locations, ranging in size from local healthcare settings to large sports stadiums. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Precise advance planning. Meticulous information systems. Clear media communications. These are some of the factors Israel says has made it the front(...)

The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Two family members of staff in the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin received leftover Covid-19 vaccines that the maternity hospital said it feared would be (...)

HSE chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry,  says healthcare worker is a broad category that includes people at very different levels of increased risk. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The way Covid-19 vaccines have been distributed to healthcare workers raises issues of geographical equity, and fairness of access for people who do n(...)

The decision on whether or not to vaccinate a very elderly person should be made in consultation with patients, their families and with GPs or nursing staff, HSE chief clinical officer, Dr Colm Henry, said. File photograph: Alan Betson

Doctors have been advised to weigh up the benefits of giving the Covid-19 vaccine to people who are very frail or approaching the end of their lives. (...)

Eithne Nolan (92), from Dublin, with Berni Howard after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at Lisheen nursing home in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out is neither as bad, nor as good, as has been claimed over the past week. It is far from the “miserable failure” cl(...)

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