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A study by Public Health England found that the Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca shots were 88 per cent and 60 per cent effective against the Indian variant after two doses, respectively. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

With the death toll from Covid-19 in India having reached a staggering 300,000 this week, the spread of a highly transmissible variant first identifie(...)

State chief medical officer Tony Holohan has described the Indian variant as the ‘black cloud on the horizon’. File photograph: Getty

Ireland runs the risk of a spike in variant cases this summer if it moves too quickly to increase indoor social mixing in July or allows the importati(...)

Professor Philip Nolan is chairman of the Nphet epidemiological modelling advisory group and outgoing president of NUI Maynooth. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Professor Philip Nolan, who has become a well known-public figure during the coronavirus pandemic, was among 27 new members elected to the Royal Iris(...)

Prof Philip Nolan, chair of the Nphet Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) official Prof Philip Nolan has admitted that describing the Lidl antigen test as “snake oil” was “not my(...)

Former professor at Maynooth University Paul Donovan said a situation where a university professor was removed from daily contact with students and other staff would lead to the ‘decay’ of their skills and knowledge. File photograph

A former professor at Maynooth University said he “strongly disagreed” with the conclusion of the college’s president, Prof Philip Nolan, that the pro(...)

Member states would have ‘a lot of flexibility’  in how they use the certificates according to their own border rules, Tánaiste Leo  Varadkar said. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

Digital passes allowing Irish people to travel freely within the European Union may be available from the end of July, according to Tánaiste Leo Varad(...)

Tuesday’s bulletin from the National Public Health Emergency Team means 4,929 have died during the pandemic. File photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland has entered a “hopeful week” in the fight against Covid-19 and could see its way toward a further easing of restrictions, chief medical office(...)

Ministers and the three party leaders favour rolling out the use of antigen tests to help with the reopening of many sectors of commercial and social life. Photograph: Getty

Significant differences have emerged between Ministers and public health officials over the use of antigen testing during the reopening of business an(...)

Lauretta Maroni, duty manager at Lidl, Aungier Street , Dublin with a Rapid SARS CoV-2 Antigen Test Card. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government’s messaging on the role of antigen testing for Covid-19 is a study in muddled communications. Antigen tests are less sensitive than t(...)

Disagreement over the usefulness of antigen testing erupted last week, when chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said Nphet was ‘genuinely concerned’ about the use of  kits in uncontrolled circumstances by retailers. Photograph: Laura Hutton

A representative for small businesses has accused public health officials of being “glib, flippant and scientifically ignorant” over their critic(...)

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