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The Cabinet has given the go-ahead for the Department of Health to purchase the Moderna vaccine.  Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP

The Cabinet has given the go-ahead for the Department of Health to purchase some 875,000 doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. Minister for Health (...)

Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers have applied for emergency use in Europe.

Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are both in line for January launches of their Covid-19 vaccines in Europe after they applied for emergency EU approval on(...)

Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines rely on a technology called messenger RNA that turns the body’s cells into vaccine-making factories.

US company Moderna said it plans to request clearance for its coronavirus vaccine in the United States and Europe on Monday, after a new analysis show(...)

Vaccination against Covid-19 has been developed and is being tested. File photograph: iStock

We are all exhausted. The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the world hard. While we know our sacrifices are for the best, right now we also need to know w(...)

If the clinical trial numbers are near what is replicated in the field, it will help to overcome some resistance to the vaccine. Photograph:  John Cairns/University of Oxford/AFP via Getty Images

After a year when it regularly seemed as though things were destined only to get worse, we have had a run of remarkably positive news on the Covid-19 (...)

Dr Tess Lambe: ‘Normally it takes up to 10 years for a vaccine to be developed.’ Photograph: John Cairns

When Irish scientist Prof Tess (Teresa) Lambe heard the interim results of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trials at the weekend, she almost b(...)

Drug procurement contracts are always confidential and companies rarely disclose commercial information. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Earlier this year, Sandra Gallina, the Italian bureaucrat in charge of buying coronavirus vaccines for the EU, appeared in front of the European parli(...)

Conor O’Kelly, chief executive NTMA: ‘We’ve got to hit the road to keep bond investors informed – otherwise they’d forget about us.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Conor O’Kelly, chief executive of the National Treasury Management Agency’s (NTMA), is under no illusions about his place in the €85 trillion-plus glo(...)

Amid all the good news on Covid vaccine, many obstacles remains to its successful rollout

The race to find an effective vaccine appears to be on the home straight. The same cannot be said of the race to roll it out everywhere. Preparing to (...)

German pharmaceutical company BioNTech shows a vial of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed with Pfizer.

The European Union could pay more than $10 billion (€8.4bn) to secure hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine candidates being developed by Pfize(...)

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