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Novartis has not been a main player in the Covid field, though it has helped to manufacture mRNA vaccines.  Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Novartis will seek expedited approval for its Covid-19 drug, developed with biotech group Molecular Partners, after strong results from an early-stage(...)

This means vaccinated people with a valid Digital Covid Certificate or another valid proof of recent infection or vaccination will not need a test. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Vaccinated people arriving into the country from overseas will not have to get a clear Covid-19 test from midnight tonight. Since early December, whe(...)

Dr Gerald Barry suggests  a variant with the “severity of Delta and the immune evasion of Omicron” might be a worst case scenario but  the Government should be preparing for it.

Covid-19 will still be around for the whole of 2022 but anti-viral drugs and better planning could lessen its impact, experts have said. The world en(...)

Large Irish corporation tax payments are heavily concentrated within 10 multinationals, with Apple topping the list. Photograph: iStock

Corporation tax has become – in a relatively short period of time – the Government’s third largest tax base, accounting for €1 in every €5 collected. (...)

US regulators have authorised Merck’s antiviral drug for the treatment of Covid-19. Photograph: Merck via AP

The US on Thursday authorised Merck’s antiviral pill for Covid-19 for certain high-risk adult patients, a day after giving a broader go-ahead to a sim(...)

Ires Reit, the State’s largest private residential landlord, hit a 52-week high, gaining 4% to €1.67 albeit on low volumes

European shares ended on Wednesday at near one-week highs, led by gains in technology and industrial stocks, even as investors worried about the outlo(...)

Pfizer’s coronavirus antiviral pill has been authorised in the US for high-risk people aged 12 and above. Photograph: Pfizer/AFP

Pfizer said on Wednesday the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorised its antiviral Covid-19 pill, making it the first at-home treatment for t(...)

Pfizer shows workers in Freiburg, Germany, in November 2021 manufacturing Pfizer’s new antiviral drug, Paxlovid. Photograph: Pfizer via The New York Times

Pfizer on Tuesday said final analysis of its antiviral Covid-19 pill still showed near 90 per cent efficacy in preventing hospitalisations and deaths (...)

Last week a panel of external experts at the FDA voted narrowly in favour of giving the green light to Merck’s molnupiravir drug by a margin of 13 to 10.

Merck has defended the safety profile of its Covid antiviral pill and claimed a rival treatment developed by Pfizer will create problems for some pati(...)

European shares posted their best session in almost six months on Wednesday, as investors picked up stocks that had been hammered in the past few sessions by fears about the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.  Photograph: Benjamin Girette/Bloomberg

European shares posted their best session in almost six months on Wednesday, as investors picked up stocks that had been hammered in the past few sess(...)

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