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US president Joe Biden speaks during an event commemorating the 50 millionth Covid-19 vaccine shot in the US on Thursday. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times/Bloomberg

The US government on Saturday authorised Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine, enabling millions more Americans to be vaccinated in th(...)

Marie Nangle, a GP from Tullamore, receives her second dose of the Moderna vaccine from Kayte Gamble, a GP registrar, at the GP vaccination clinic in the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

We’re living in dangerous, nerve-racking times. Every indicator, from daily Covid-19 case numbers to hospital admissions and deaths, tells us that whi(...)

The EU’s advance purchase deal with J&J allows member states to purchase vaccines for 200 million people. Photograph:  Emmanuel Croset/AFP  via Getty

A panel of expert advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted to recommend authorisation of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose Covid(...)

A health worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

The first big real-world study of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to be independently reviewed shows the shot is highly effective at preventing Covid-19, (...)

At work  in the future mRNA production site of CureVac’s Covid vaccine CVnCoV at a Bayer plant  in Wuppertal, Germany. Photograph: EPA

Fifteen years ago, after an hour-long meeting in the basement of a Paris hotel, Bill Gates agreed to back a German entrepreneur who claimed a new clas(...)

Many patients with serious underlying health conditions are to be vaccinated earlier against Covid-19. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Many patients with serious underlying health conditions are to be vaccinated earlier against Covid-19, under a change to the Government’s vaccine allo(...)

Paramedic Andrew Parker prepares a vaccine inside a holiday coach  near Inverness, Scotland, which is being used  as a mobile coronavirus vaccination centre. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Vaccination led to a massive reduction in the risk of Covid-19 patients who had received one dose needing to be hospitalised in Scotland, according to(...)

Holders of the required “green pass” – proof of being fully vaccinated against the coronavirus – enter a pool and gym facility in  Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sunday. Photograph: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP via Getty Images

The Covid-19 vaccine made by BioNTech and Pfizer has been highly effective at preventing infection in Israel, according to the first real-world data s(...)

Children wear face masks in class in a Junior School in Jerusalem. Israel reopened schools, almost two months after they were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel lifted many of its coronavirus restrictions and started reopening its economy on Sunday as the country’s vaccination drive and third nationwide(...)

Boxes of the BioNTech/Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in a fridge at Waterford Primary Care Centre on February 16th. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The BioNTech/Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine no longer needs to be kept at ultra-low temperatures colder than the Antarctic winter, according to new results t(...)

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