Mike Ryan

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Representatives of the pharmaceutical industry say there are more than enough vaccines in the world, but they are not getting to the people who need them fast enough.  Photograph: Jagadeesh NV/EPA

Covid vaccines are being produced faster than they can be administered, according to the industry, which argues that waiving intellectual property rig(...)

People wearing PPE cross a street with their luggage near an area on lockdown due to the recent Covid-19 outbreaks in Beijing on May 10th. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

The head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday China’s zero-tolerance Covid-19 policy is not sustainable given what is now known of the vir(...)

Routine surgeries have been cancelled, oxygen supplies are running low and hospitals are moving underground. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Looking for medical treatment in Ukraine? Chemotherapy infusion booked for this week? Need regular oxygen to help control your chronic lung disease? D(...)

With the peak of the Omicron wave now seen as having passed, several Ministers yesterday outlined their strong preference to move away from strict measures. File photograph: Sasko Lavrov

Changes to the infrastructure put in place to battle the pandemic are being examined after Ireland weathered a “tsunami” of Omicron cases, Minister fo(...)

A medical helper gestures at a Covid-19 test centre in the village of Unterschleissheim in Germany.  The head of the WHO has said that ‘no country is out of the woods yet’ on Omicron. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP via Getty Images

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that “no country is out of the woods yet” in relation to the Omicron Covid-19 variant and tha(...)

Executive director of the WHO health emergencies programme Dr  Mike Ryan. Photograph:   Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

It’s hard to imagine anything short of an incoming meteor fazing Dr Mike Ryan, the Irish man leading the World Health Organisation’s emergency respons(...)

Winter Nights festival: Irish Times writers and columnists will be joined by Dr Mike Ryan, Ellen Keane, David Baddiel, Helen McEntee, Brian O’Driscoll, Annie Mac, Paul Muldoon, Bonnie Greer and Caitlin Moran

From Monday, January 24th to Thursday 27th, internationally renowned guests and Irish Times journalists get together for four nights of debate and dis(...)

Ministers are concerned at the possible impact of Omicron on jobs and the economy. File photograph: Rodrigo Urzagasti/AFP via Getty Images

Ministers may press to reduce the isolation period for cases and close contacts of the highly transmissible but “milder” Omicron variant of Covid-19, (...)

People walk on a quiet street in the center of Amsterdam on Sunday as the Netherlands goes back into lockdown to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Ramon Van Flymen/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

So many people are becoming infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 that healthcare systems may quickly become overwhelmed, the World Health Org(...)

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organisation, says Omicron should not be dismissed as ‘mild’. File photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The Omicron variant first detected in South Africa last month has now been reported by 77 countries and is probably present in most worldwide, but sho(...)

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