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The population has been divided into 15 groups for vaccines with priority given to older people, who are more vulnerable to severe sickness and death from Covid-19. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is 66 days on Friday since 79-year-old Dublin woman Annie Lynch became the first person in the State to be vaccinated against Covid-19. This week t(...)

A Palestinian man walks past a mural of journalists killed in the conflict between Hamas and Israel, in Gaza City, on Thursday. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty Images

The Palestinians have welcomed the decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a formal investigation into alleged war crimes in the Pa(...)

The European Union is reported to be months away from issuing Covid-19 immunity certificates.

The European Union is still months away from issuing Covid-19 immunity certificates, raising the risk of another lost tourism season for the bloc’s av(...)

In key capitals, government figures are openly critical of the European Commission and its president, Ursula von der Leyen, who took personal charge of the vaccine project and is now paying a heavy price for its slow progress. Photograph: Johanna Geron/ EPA

Ten weeks after the first Covid-19 vaccine was authorised for use across the continent, the EU’s inoculation campaign is stuttering, the solidarity th(...)

Palestinians at   an Israeli checkpoint  near Hebron in the occupied West Bank. Israel will vaccinate Palestinians in the West Bank who have permits to work in Jewish settlements in the occupied territory and inside Israel. Photograph:   Getty Images

Following intense international pressure Israel has agreed to vaccinate a limited number of West Bank Palestinians. More than 120,000 Palestinian la(...)

America will not be well-served by its implicit diplomatic acquiescing to the inevitability that MBS will accede soon to his aged father’s throne and that there is no price to pay by him or his country for his repeated recklessness and ruthlessness  Photograph: Andrew Cabellero Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

The subtext of the message sent out by the Biden administration in publishing its intelligence report on the 2018 killing in Turkey of journalist Jama(...)

A phased reopening of schools is due to begin on Monday. File photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP via Getty Images

The more transmissible B117 variant, which is now the State’s dominant Covid-19 strain, is not likely to make a “significant difference” to the transm(...)

Israeli workers dismantle tents during a demolition operation of a Palestinian bedouin encampment in the area of Humsa, east of the village of Tubas in the north of the occupied West Bank. Photograph:  Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP via Getty Images

Ireland, as a member of the UN Security Council, has called on Israel to halt the demolition and confiscation of Bedouin homes in the Jordan Valley. (...)

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(...)

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, (...)

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