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Experts say an immunity level above 70 per cent would significantly disrupt transmission of coronavirus within a population. Photograph: Raul Sifuentes/Getty Images

Europe can achieve herd immunity against coronavirus within the next four months, according to the head of German pharmaceutical company BioNTech. Th(...)

There are currently four Covid-19 vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson – available for use in Ireland

Four Covid-19 vaccines – those from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson – are currently available for use in Ireland, followin(...)

Despite a new spike in the case numbers, Dr Holohan and other officials remain unperturbed. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The most striking feature of the return of Dr Tony Holohan to work duties this week was the extent to which the Covid-19 landscape has changed in a fe(...)

A view of the European Commission Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The EU won’t take up an extra 300 million doses of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines that it has secured as options under existi(...)

Vaccines are administered at The Helix in Dublin. While timelyvaccine  deliveries are essential, and now largely out of the State’s hands, the success of the campaign will be determined in large part by factors that are very much the responsibility of Government. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Almost four months after the first Covid-19 vaccine was administered in the Republic, it is possible to discern a clear roadmap towards the target of (...)

A member of the medical staff prepares a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre  in Toulon, southern France. Photograph:  Nicolas Tucat/AFP via Getty Images

The European Union has exercised an option to acquire an additional 100 million doses of BioNTech and Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, the companies said on(...)

Crises have always been an accelerant for EU integration. Agreement on massive joint debt issuance to finance grants to recession-hit member states broke a long-standing taboo. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s an iron law of political commentary that the European Union cannot have problems, only existential crises. While governments may suffer any numbe(...)

Chief executive of Pfizer, Albert Bourla: ‘There will be likely a need for a third dose, somewhere between six and 12 months, and then from there, there will be an annual revaccination, but all of that needs to be confirmed.’ File photograph: Steven Ferdman/Getty

The chief executive of Pfizer has said it is “likely” that people will need a third coronavirus vaccine dose within a year, with annual revaccinations(...)

Rates of admission to ICU for B117 cases were similar to those recorded for cases not infected with variants of concern. Photograph: Getty Images

The B117 variant first identified in the UK is no more likely to lead to serious illness or death than previous variants, according to the National Pu(...)

Covid jab: there have been some cases of blood clots among recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty

What are the most common side effects from the Covid vaccines? Most side effects from the Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid vaccines, the t(...)

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