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Nurse Paula McMahon prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell /Pool/AFP

The coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech provides strong protection against Covid-19 within about 10 days of the first dose, according to d(...)

European shares were little changed on Tuesday, as hopes of a Brexit trade deal faded amid a last-ditch attempt to find a solution, while rising coron(...)

The Oxford university / AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine has been  hit by manufacturing delays. Photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

A vaccine considered one of the world’s best hopes for combating coronavirus has become the second to be hit by manufacturing delays. The UK governme(...)

Hospital bed occupancy in the North is now at 99%. File photograph: PA

The rollout of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which was approved last week, begins this morning in Northern Ireland with vaccinators first to get the ja(...)

 Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland: it makes sense if there is a clinic set up to administer vaccines to residents and staff of a nursing home in a rural area to have family members participate too.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Inoculating a nominated visitor for nursing home residents as a “vaccine buddy” in the first Covid-19 vaccinations would help their wellbeing, the nur(...)

Grafton Street, Dublin sees Christmas shoppers on the first Saturday following the reopening after the second lockdown. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There were 456 new cases of Covid-19 and 13 further deaths reported in the State on Saturday. The high number of daily confirmed cases is due to an IT(...)

In announcing that Britain’s medicines regulator had given early approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine - thus becoming the first state to sanction its use - and that the first jabs would be given next week, British government ministers could not resist making cheap political points. Photograph: BioNTech SE 2020/PA Wire

For months public health authorities have worked to temper expectations about the chances of a vaccine bringing a swift end to the Covid-19 pandemic. (...)

The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine will initially be used to inoculate the teams of more than 800 vaccinators followed by priority groups, beginning with frontline health and social care workers.   File Photograph: Hans Pennink/AP Photo

The first 25,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine arrived in Northern Ireland on Friday ahead of the beginning of the vaccination programme next week. T(...)

  Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci speaks during an unscheduled briefing after a Coronavirus Task Force meeting at the White House. Photograph: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

Anthony Fauci, the US government’s top infectious-disease specialist, slammed the UK’s drug regulator, saying that it rushed to clear the Covid-19 vac(...)

Anthony Fauci: The FDA ‘really scrutinises the data very carefully to guarantee to the American public that this is a safe and efficacious vaccine’. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Politicians, health professionals and commentators in Europe and the US have questioned Britain’s decision to fast-track approval of a coronavirus vac(...)

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