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A vial of BNT162, the Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Photograph:BioNTech/The New York Times.

The announcement by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and tech company BioNTech that their coronavirus vaccine works to prevent Covid-19 has been welcomed(...)

The dosing of BNT162b2, the mRNA-based vaccine candidate against Covid-19, during a clinical test. Photograph: Biontech SE/EPA

The daily toll of new infections. The number of hospitalisations. The numbers in ICU. The R-0 number. The cases per 100,000 people. For more than eigh(...)

Strap in: Josh Giegel and Sara Luchian, Virgin Hyperloop executives, become the first passengers to travel on the futuristic high-speed ground transport. Photograph: Virgin Hyperloop/PA

Image of the week: Hyperloop express Taking a provisional silver medal for breakthrough of the week, Virgin Hyperloop spent its Sunday sending its fi(...)

 A BioNTech laboratory in Mainz, Germany. The vaccine developed by BioNTech, a European company founded by a German couple of Turkish origin, will be distributed by Pfizer. Photograph: BioNTech SE/EPA

The Covid-19 pandemic has produced a level of cross-border collaboration that was once unimaginable. Barriers to international co-operation have come (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz after European leaders held remote talks on the response to terror threats in Europe on Tuesday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Reporting on Europe can be a cacophonous experience. On a typical day, Covid-19 news will compete with Brexit developments, against international geop(...)

The BioNTech-Pfizer shot is in pole position to be first of several potential vaccines under development to receive regulatory approval. Photograph: BioNTech SE 2020/PA Wire

The EU has agreed to buy up to 300 million doses of the groundbreaking coronavirus vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer, following widespread hope(...)

Elke Koenig, chair of the EU’s Single Resolution Board, has said non-performing loans could start coming through next year as the effects of Covid-19 payment holidays and government supports wane. Photograph: Fredrik von Erichsen/AFP/Getty Images

Irish banks are well prepared to deal with a spike in non-performing loans next year when the effect of payment breaks wear off, according to analysts(...)

First Minister Arlene Foster whose party blocked a proposal from health minister Robin Swann to extend the circuit break measures for two more weeks. File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Stormont ministers have again failed to agree fresh coronavirus restrictions for Northern Ireland amid fraying relations at the top of the powersharin(...)

Plans around the vaccine rollout are to be finalised

The European Commission is due to finalise a contract for up to 300 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech that was re(...)

Oil prices fell on Tuesday amid worries over renewed lockdowns. Photograph: iStock

Oil prices fell on Tuesday as worries over near term fuel demand in coronavirus-hit Europe and the United States haunted the market after an overnight(...)

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