Mike Ryan

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With the number of Covid cases rising sharply among children in recent weeks, it has become increasingly clear that some form of intervention will be needed to ease the stress and disruption that schools are now facing

Schools will reopen after the mid-term break next week amid rising tensions over the State’s approach to Covid in the classroom. In choosing last mont(...)

Dr Mike Ryan, director of the WHO’s health emergencies programme, said Europe was again experiencing ‘the roller coaster of Covid’. Photograph: Getty

There is unlikely to be enough immunity from Covid-19 in populations to stop the virus spreading, the Irish doctor leading the World Health Organisati(...)

Doctors attend a patient in the Covid-19 section at an emergency hospital in Bucharest. In Romania, an EU country of about 19 million, only 36% of adults are fully inoculated. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo

Hospitals are struggling to cope as Covid-19 sweeps through large unvaccinated populations in central and eastern Europe, where low levels of trust im(...)

Coronavirus booster shots are already being provided to the very old and the immunocompromised. File photograph: Getty

Covid-19 boosters are firmly on the political agenda, despite a lack of consensus among scientists about the benefit they confer. The main reason st(...)

The WHO is seeking to “take a step back, create an environment where we can again look at the scientific issues”, said Mike Ryan. Photograph:  Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

The World Health Organization has said its newly formed advisory group on dangerous pathogens may be “our last chance” to determine the origins of the(...)

The Covid-19 pandemic was “the worst medical emergency in 102 years” and we must acknowledge the “overwhelming darkness of it,” an expert in palliati(...)

 Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies programme said: ‘The spread of the virus has also amplified the spread of ageism, with older adults being wrongly stereotyped as frail, vulnerable and in need of protection.’ Photograph: Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Society needs to rethink its relationship with older generations and the way care is provided for them, the World Health Organisation’s Dr Mike Ryan h(...)

Mike Ryan: “Very often non-governmental organisations are much better positioned to manage those services cost-effectively.” Photograph: Reuters

A “core question” after the pandemic would be how to ensure adequate and stable funding for NGOs providing vital public services, executive director o(...)

People wait to be called for their Covid-19 vaccine in Cape Town, South Africa: Ireland should be doing everything to help people get vaccines worldwide. Photograph: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg

I work in the national vaccination programme. It’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. I work with amazing people across six vaccination centres. Irel(...)

A study of 1.2 million test results has found that the effectiveness of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines at preventing Covid-19 infection declines within six months. Photograph: Bloomberg

Protection against Covid-19 offered by two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines begins to fade within six mont(...)

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