While the digital Covid certificate  system  is set for formal launch on July 1st, Greece has announced  it is ready to use the system earlier as it is keen to start its summer tourism season. Photograph: Getty Images

Europe Correspondent What is the EU digital Covid certificate? The digital Covid certificate is aimed to help EU residents demonstrate whether they(...)

The European Medicines Agency is expected to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use in 12 to 15-year olds on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

The European Medicines Agency approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use in 12 to 15-year olds on Friday. It will be the first Covid vacc(...)

People queuing outside Croke Park for Covid-19 vaccination. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Thousands of people aged under 50 could be given a mixed vaccine against Covid-19, under a new approach being considered by the National Immunisation(...)

Cell and gene therapies are usually one-time treatments that can add months, sometimes years, to a patient’s life.

Irish patients will not be able to access expensive cutting-edge medicines without a rethink of the reimbursement model used to pay for new treatments(...)

European Union leaders at a round-table meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/EPA

The EU is on track to receive enough Covid-19 vaccination doses to inoculate 70 per cent of its adult population by the end of July, and the member st(...)

Moderna vaccine highly effective in 12-17 year-olds in a large study, paving the way for regulatory submissions around the world by early June. Photograph: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine was highly effective in 12-17 year-olds in a large study, paving the way for regulatory submissions around the world by ear(...)

 EU governments have agreed to allow quarantine-free travel for vaccinated tourists and visitors from countries deemed safe, paving the way for the resumption of hassle-free trans-Atlantic flights. Photograph: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/ Bloomberg

Emerging European Union plans aimed at clearing the way to a resumption of international travel strike a sensible balance between vaccination-enabled (...)

In this kind of human DNA editing, genetic effects are passed on from one generation to the next. Illustration: iStock

On November 25th, 2018, Henry Greely turned on his computer to find an email which read “Crispr babies”. The mail was a link to a story at the MIT Tec(...)

Even if the EMA in time approves any or all of the vaccines for use in children, choosing the timing of any such extension of the programme will not be a straightforward decision. Photograph:  Luis Acosta/ AFP via Getty Images

Covid-19 vaccination programmes are progressing steadily in the West, giving a growing share of the adult population strong protection against the vir(...)

Vvial for  Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: Luciana Guerra/PA Wire

Europe’s drug regulator on Monday recommended extending the storage time for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at normal fridge temperatures to 31 (...)

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