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Northwell Health employee Yves Duroseau, MD, chair of emergency medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital volunteers to be the second person to receive the Covid-19 vaccination at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP Getty Images

The head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said his agency will move to quickly authorise a second Covid-19 vaccine for the US to fight th(...)

A health care worker at UCI Medical Centre in California displays a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: The New York Times

As boxes of Pfizer vaccines began arriving around the US this week, hospital pharmacists made a surprising discovery: some of the glass vials that are(...)

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine: the two injections must be given 21 days apart. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The German company BioNTech partnered with Pfizer to develop and test a coronavirus vaccine known as BNT162b2. A clinical trial demonstrated that the (...)

Rachel Marrs gives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to Michelle Gaano, a Nurse at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California on December 15th. Photograph: Ariana Drehsler/AFP/Getty Images.

Germany recorded 910 coronavirus fatalities in the past 24 hours, the most since the pandemic began, as Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted that a hard sh(...)

Respiratory therapist Leigha McDaniels receives a Covid-19 vaccination on Monday at Mercy Hospital St Louis, in St Louis. Photograph: AP

More than 300,000 people have now died because of Covid-19 in the United States, with the latest milestone coming amid record daily fatalities and the(...)

Sandra Lindsay, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Centre, is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Dr Michelle Chester in  Queens, New York. Photograph: Mark Lennihan

An intensive-care unit nurse in New York was among the first Americans to receive an authorised coronavirus vaccine, as the US moves to distribute mil(...)

 Dr Lorraine Nolan, chief executive, Health Products Regulatory Authority, and Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health, at a Covid -19 update press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

There will be no “lowering of the bar” in the approvals process for new Covid-19 vaccines, the head of Ireland’s drugs regulator has said. No regulat(...)

Nurse May Parsons administers the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine to Margaret Keenan at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, on December 8th. Photograph: Jacob King/Getty

The Government’s Covid vaccine taskforce was expected to issue its plan on the rollout of the vaccines to the Government this weekend. It is expected(...)

Pfizer said it would start shipping immediately and state public health systems have been planning to begin shots as early as Monday. Photograph: Pfizer handout/EPA

The United States said it authorised the use of Pfizer Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, with the first inoculations expected within days, marking a t(...)

No drama: William ‘Bill’ Shakespeare (81) receives the Covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital in Coventry. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire/Bloomberg

Image of the week: All’s Well Ireland’s own Margaret Keenan may have become the first person to receive the Covid-19 vaccine outside of a drug trial,(...)

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