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Pulling all working-age people ‘ in the AstraZeneca queue’ to receive that vaccine in pharmacies ‘just speeds up the whole vaccination plan,’ says union. Photograph: iStock

The Covid-19 vaccine rollout could be “speeded up” by allowing pharmacies administer the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to healthcare workers, the pharmac(...)

Lithium-ion battery cells: Some commodity traders describe lithium as the new “white gold”, as worldwide demand has accelerated due to EV batteries. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

A school field trip in 1971 set me on my career to become an engineer. We visited what was then the largest engineering project ever undertaken in the(...)

Jim O’Donoghue, chair of Ibec’s Digital Health Working Group and president of S3 Connected Health

Ireland is well placed to take a significant share of the $100 billion global digital health market. The Ibec Where Digital Health Thrives campai(...)

The HSE acknowledges updated guidance on the situations where FFP2 masks should be used will lead to an “ongoing and significant increase in demand for the medium term”. Photograph:  Nicolas Tucat/AFP via Getty Images

The Health Service Executive says it has sufficient supplies of medical-grade face masks to protect against Covid-19 despite a more than 10-fold incre(...)

 European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell speaks during a press conference following a meeting with EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: John Thys/EPA

The European Union is under pressure to take a tough line with Russia when its foreign policy chief meets officials in Moscow amid international outcr(...)

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif: he says  Tehran can turn off enrichment “in one day”. Photograph: AFP Photo

Tehran has stepped up diplomatic pressure on the Biden administration to re-enter the 2015 nuclear agreement and begin to lift sanctions promptly by p(...)

British  prime minister Tony Blair  and chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown  listen as former US president Bill Clinton speaks via satellite link at a Labour Party election rally in 2005. Photograph: Martyn Hayhow/AFP via Getty Images

The archive of the US broadcaster C-Span is among the internet’s little wonders. In January 1993, an “Anthony Blair” toured Washington with another Br(...)

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European shares rose for the third session on Wednesday as focus remained on a busy day of earnings, with positive sentiment spilling over from Asian (...)

Vodafone said users of its unlimited mobile data service totalled more than 40,000 terabytes. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

Mobile data use on Vodafone Ireland’s network soared in the third quarter of its financial year, with the company recording a 61 per cent rise year on(...)

Covid risks: ‘Some parents are being really careful in many respects but then allow their children to mix freely with friends and then also bubble with their grandparents.’ Photograph: E+/Getty

Covid-19 infections in Ireland are reducing but remain stubbornly high, despite over a month of lockdown measures. So could we be doing more as indivi(...)

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