Mike Ryan

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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(...)

In the News is presented by reporters Sorcha Pollak and Conor Pope

On Monday, England marked its so-called “freedom day” and ended more than a year of lockdown restrictions, despite an ongoing surge in case numbers ac(...)

WHO’s Dr Mike Ryan: ‘It is time for countries to make a choice.’ File photograph

Countries need to donate at least some of their Covid-19 vaccines so that the most vulnerable and frontline health workers across the world can be vac(...)

Dr Mike Ryan, addressing an event hosted by the Galway Traveller Movement (GTM), expressed “shock” at the suicide rate among the Traveller community - at six times that of the general population, saying he had not known it was so high.

Ireland, and other countries, are “underestimating” a “tsunami of mental health issues that are emerging” as the pandemic continues, the executive dir(...)

A tram driving through downtown Lisbon.  The Delta variant now accounts for 60% of infections in the Portuguese city, and authorities banned travel in and out of the capital for three days. Photograph: AP Photo/Armando Franca

Countries across Europe are watching the advance of the Delta variant of Covid-19 with increasing concern as the more infectious strain drives fresh s(...)

 The player scoring had to have at least two, preferably more, English players hanging out of him by the end. Then and only then could he be said to have crossed the line “festooned with Saxons”. Photograph: Getty Images

Now that “Saxons” has been dropped as the name for English rugby’s A team, being deemed insufficiently inclusive, I wonder if a related and much-loved(...)

Health workers attend to a suspected Covid-19  patient in Kolkata,  India on Saturday. Photograph: Piyal Adhikary/EPA

India’s coronavirus infections rose by 346,786 overnight, the health ministry said on Saturday, setting a new world record for the third consecutive (...)

The urge to nurture things during the pandemic gave us a better understanding of how the nurturing nurtures us back. Photograph: iStock

Start the world I want to get on again, at a different speed and with new music. I’m excited to see what we will do when we can gather in rooms togeth(...)

Sean Bresnan: he recalls standing on the tarmac at Dublin airport “with a tear in my eye”. Photograph:  Tom Honan

A year ago this week Sean Bresnan found himself on Google Translate, looking up how to say “happy Saint Patrick’s Day” in Chinese. Head of procurement(...)

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