On Monday, the commission announced it had initiated legal action against the company for breach of contract. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

The European Commission has launched legal action against pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca over shortfalls in deliveries of its Covid-19 vaccine, wh(...)

Jaap van Delden, head of vaccinations at  public health institute RIVM:  AstraZeneca “will soon no longer be needed”. Photograph: Joris Verwijst/BSR

The Dutch government’s senior adviser on vaccinations has been accused of undermining the coronavirus inoculation programme by apparently accepting th(...)

US tourists spent €1.8 billion in Ireland in 2019 – ‘They stay longer, visit more regions, spend across all sectors and are very good when it comes to spending on gifts,’ says tour operator. File photograph: iStock

Ireland will have to move fast to exploit the “enormous pent-up demand” among fully vaccinated Americans or risk losing hundreds of millions of euro t(...)

There are currently four Covid-19 vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson – available for use in Ireland

Four Covid-19 vaccines – those from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson – are currently available for use in Ireland, followin(...)

Vaccinators administering Covid 19 Vaccinations of Cohort 4 at the HSE Vaccination Centre in the Aviva Stadium .Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

There were five further deaths and 461 new cases of Covid-19 reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) on Saturday. A quarter of(...)

The European Medicines Agency said this week that the benefits of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot Covid-19 vaccine   outweigh any risk of a very rare side-effect of abnormal blood clots. Photograph: David Zalubowski/AP

Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot Covid-19 vaccine is expected to go into use here shortly after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) this week confirme(...)

The European Medicines Agency has reiterated that the benefits of AstraZeneca’s vaccine outweigh any risks. File photograph: Getty

Ireland is set to receive a large delivery of 165,000 AstraZeneca vaccines next week that had earlier been postponed until May, in a boost to the Stat(...)

The Taoiseach  agreed that going to spectator sports with post-match pints and attending weddings should be possible by the end of the year. File photograph: iStock

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has signalled that the reopening of hairdressers, non-essential retail and religious services will still proceed even if the(...)

Peter Arlett, head of EMA’s data analytics and methods task force, said: “The benefit risk balance of the AstraZeneca vaccine is positive. It’s preventing serious disease and saving lives.” Photograph: EPA

Europe’s drug regulator reiterated on Friday the benefits of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine outweigh any risks, delivering an assessment based on cont(...)

Some 14,400 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine have arrived in the State, with 26,600 due next week. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) is meeting on Thursday to discuss further key elements of the State’s Covid-19 vaccine programme. (...)

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