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When people were given a half dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine followed by a full dose at least a month later its efficacy rose to 90%. File photograph: Getty

The AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine developed with scientists at Oxford University continues to be in the news for all the wrong reasons. From being in(...)

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer visiting Crawley Hospital vaccination centre, West Sussex, following the virtual launch of the party’s campaign for the local and mayoral elections in May. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/pool/AFP

According to Boris Johnson’s roadmap, most coronavirus restrictions will still be in place on May 6th, with indoor household mixing still banned and o(...)

As the deadline loomed, sources in Brussels were reported saying the people of Northern Ireland would hardly starve and supermarkets should simply switch to EU suppliers.

The 12-month Brexit grace period on moving medicine from Britain into Northern Ireland runs out on December 31st this year. The following day, all lic(...)

Keira Bell (24) took legal action against the Tavistock NHS Trust, arguing that children cannot properly consent to taking puberty blockers. File photograph: PA

Senior figures in the HSE decided against withdrawing puberty blocking treatment at Crumlin Children’s Hospital in the wake of a High Court ruling in (...)

Northern Ireland’s  vaccine rollout has been a triumph, but the end of the pandemic does not herald getting plans back on track; it just reveals a steadily worsening underlying problem. Photograph: Istvan Filep/EPA

Behind the triumph of its vaccine rollout, Northern Ireland’s health system is buckling. A fifth of the population is waiting for a first hospital app(...)

Fatima Abdullah and her husband Abdullah Afghan with their children Azlaan and Anaya. They couple live in Bettystown, Co Meath and work as doctors. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fatima Abdullah was on a break from her medical career when the coronavirus pandemic hit Ireland in March 2020. A qualified doctor, Abdullah moved to (...)

Covid jab: a passing doctor kindly photographed me being vaccinated in central London

Conor Lane, an Irishman living in London who has written in The Irish Times about being treated for Ewing’s sarcoma, describes getting his first dose (...)

Genesis Automation specialises in solutions that improve patient safety while cutting costs and eliminating waste for healthcare providers

Genesis Automation has signed a multimillion-euro deal with the Scottish government that will see the company’s software rolled out to hundreds of Nat(...)

Mary-Jane Boland after getting vaccinated. Photograph: Mary-Jane Boland

Last week I was invited by my local GP’s surgery, in east London, to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Getting that text message was like holding a Wonk(...)

The coffin of Capt Tom Moore is carried by members of the armed forces during his funeral at Bedford Crematorium on February 27th, 2021 in Bedford, England. Photograph: Joe Giddens - Pool/Getty Images

The family of Britain’s Capt Tom Moore have paid tribute to the veteran and NHS charity fundraiser at his funeral, saying his “message and his spirit (...)

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