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(...)

It is about three months since many nursing home residents received their third booster doses. Photograph: iStock

The nursing home sector has called on the Government to stay “ahead of” international guidance on fourth Covid-19 vaccine doses for older people as it(...)

Paxlovid, Pfizer’s Covid-19 antiviral pill, being manufactured in Freiburg, Germany. Photograph: EPA/Pfizer

The Department of Health has defended the Government’s €90 million deal for antiviral drugs to treat Covid-19, saying any new medicines have to meet (...)

A child receives a dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Strasbourg. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty

The HSE has opened registration for Covid-19 vaccines for children aged five to 11 who are at higher risk from the virus or who live with someone at h(...)

A study  in The Lancet  showed the protection afforded by two doses of the AstraZeneca shot started to wane three months after full vaccination. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/AFP

Oxford university and AstraZeneca have begun work on an Omicron-targeted version of their Covid-19 vaccine, joining the ranks of their peers who are s(...)

People queueing up for trains pass a sign requesting negative Covid-19 tests to travel to France, at London St Pancras International rail station. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

The European Commission set a nine-month expiry period for Covid-19 certificates for travel purposes on Tuesday, meaning that people will need to get (...)

Slovenian prime minister Janez Jansa, president of the European Council Charles Michel and German chancellor Olaf Scholz prior at a European Union summit in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool/AFP via Getty

The European Union is to move towards joint procurement of Covid-19 medicines, in a potential repeat of the system used to secure vaccine supplies for(...)

The EU’s existing vaccine contracts include agreements that manufacturers would update vaccines if needed. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

The European Union’s vaccine acquisition team is co-ordinating with pharmaceutical companies to secure supplies of a potential “Omicron-specific” vacc(...)

Omicron is more transmissible, and evidence is not yet clear on the efficacy of the primary vaccine course against it.

With the arrival of Omicron on Irish shores, public health experts and politicians have said the State is in a race between the booster and the latest(...)

There are an estimated 480,000 children within the five-to-11 age group. Graphic: Paul Scott/The Irish Times

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) last week approved the provision of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to children aged five to 11. What (...)

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