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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have received vaccinations against Covid-19. File photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, joining more than 1 million people in the UK who hav(...)

A bottle of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: Charlie Riedel/AP

Britain’s medical regulator on Friday approved Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine for use, the health ministry said, adding that it had agreed to purchase an (...)

It takes time to retain the brain - especially if it’s used to ‘wine o’clock’ at home. Photograph: iStock

How is Dry January going? At this point being off the drink may have started to pinch. January is Health Month in The Irish Times. Througho(...)

Heath secretary Matt Hancock in Downing Street the morning after PM Boris Johnson set out further measures as part of a lockdown in England in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Britain’s coronavirus restrictions could last until the end of March, easing gradually as more people are vaccinated, Boris Johnson has told MPs. The (...)

Passengers queue to register at a South Africa health department mobile coronavirus testing unit outside O R Tambo International Airport departures in Johannesburg.  South Africa’s government has drawn criticism over its Covid-19 vaccine roll-out plan, with unions and medical groups among those to have expressed concern about the sluggishness of the state’s response amid a resurgence in cases, hospitalisations and deaths. Photograph: Guillem Sartorio/Bloomberg

The new coronavirus variant linked to a surge in Covid-19 cases in South Africa is not only more infectious than previous forms of the virus but could(...)

The National Stadium in Japan, the main venue for the 2020 Olympics. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/Getty/AFP

Do you know how many days there are until the Olympic Games get under way? Precisely 200. Imagine it. The darkness of the Tokyo skyline. A lone runner(...)

Kidney dialysis patient Brian Pinker (82) receives the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from nurse Sam Foster at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford on Monday. Photograph:  Steve Parsons/pool/AFP via Getty Images

The UK has become the first country to administer the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to its population amid rapidly rising case numbers and gr(...)

Prime minister Boris Johnson speaking in  Downing Street following the tightening of England’s Covid-19 tiers. Photograph: PA Photo

Almost the entire population of England will be under the most severe coronavirus restrictions from Thursday after Boris Johnson said a new variant of(...)

A  handout photo issued by the University of Oxford of a researcher working on the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Photograph: PA

A Covid-19 vaccine from Oxford University and AstraZeneca has been approved for use in the UK, with the first jabs expected to be given on Monday. Th(...)

The number of people passing through the Republic’s airports fell more than 80 per cent in 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The swift reaction by governments in Europe and further afield to the emergence of a new Covid-19 strain in Britain highlighted once again the uncerta(...)

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