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The UK has now approved two vaccines while Ireland waits for decisions from the European Medicines Agency, which has taken a more “relaxed” approach to authorisations without any visible benefit so far. Photograph: Getty Images

Politicians don’t do panic, not officially, but there was more than a touch of desperation to the latest responses of the Irish and British government(...)

The pan-European Stoxx 600 edged 0.3%  lower but is still close to a 10-month high. Photograph: Getty Images

European stocks fell in thin trading on Wednesday as investors weighed rising coronavirus cases in the region against further progress in vaccinations(...)

A technician working at the Jenner Institute on the Covid-19  vaccine,  co-invented by the University of Oxford and Vaccitech in partnership with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. Photograph:  John Cairns/University of Oxford/AFP via Getty Images

Germany expects the European Union to give rapid approval to the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca that was cleared f(...)

A technician working at the Jenner Institute on the University’s COVID-19 candidate vaccine, known as AZD1222, co-invented by the University of Oxford and Vaccitech in partnership with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.  Photograph: John Cairns / University of Oxford / AFP

For the second day in succession Northern Ireland reported a record number of confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday. On a day when a new Covid-19 (...)

A handout picture released by the University of Oxford in November shows a technician working on the University’s Covid-19 candidate vaccine. Photograph: University of Oxford/AFP via Getty Images

What is the latest news? The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has approved the vaccine developed by Oxford University and the(...)

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(...)

Annie Lynch, a 79-year-old Dublin grandmother became the first person in the Republic to receive the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday afternoon. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Dublin grandmother Annie Lynch (79) became the first person in the Republic to receive the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday afternoon. The Pfizer/BioNT(...)

The Covid-19 test facility at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A further nine deaths of Covid-19 patients have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet). This brings to 2,213 the total num(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan says the ‘steep rise’ in positivity rates  shows ‘the virus is increasing its foothold out in our communities’. File photograph: Alan Betson

GPs across the country have reported an increase in calls relating to Covid-19 and referrals for tests over recent days. Dublin GP Dr Ray Walley said(...)

A healthcare worker receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine  in Rome, Italy. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images

The distribution of an initial 200 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech across the EU will be completed by September(...)

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