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# vaccine - Today’s News

Taoiseach says he is willing to publicly receive Covid-19 vaccine, but not as 'some sort of PR opportunity'

US president-elect Joe Biden said he would be willing to be vaccinated in public after a vaccine is approved.

# vaccine - Yesterday’s News

HSE says it's 'realistic' to expect Ireland will begin vaccination programme in early days of January

CEO Paul Reid said it will still be “some time” before a vaccine is our main line of defence against the virus.

Workers in high-risk environments like meat factories could be one of the first groups to get the vaccine

Government will decide on who should get the Covid-19 vaccine first next week.

# vaccine - Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Health Minister says Covid-19 vaccine should be free as nine freezer trucks arrive in Ireland

The Taoiseach said the low temperature fridges are being stored in Citywest before being distributed around the country.

First NI Covid-19 vaccinations due to take place next week

Minister Robin Swann said 70% of the population will need to be immune before life fully returns to normal.

Donnelly says UK and EU 'only a few weeks apart' on vaccine approval

The vaccine has been authorised by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) for emergency use.

Covid-19: How does the new Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine work?

News of the vaccine’s approval has been celebrated as a landmark moment in the fight against Covid-19.

Explainer: How has a Covid-19 vaccine been approved so quickly in the UK?

The UK has formally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19.

UK formally approves Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19

The UK has become the first western country to licence a vaccine against he virus.

# vaccine - Tuesday 1 December, 2020

# vaccine - Monday 30 November, 2020

Moderna seeks European and US approval for coronavirus vaccine

Results suggest the vaccine gives high levels of protection against the virus.

# vaccine - Sunday 29 November, 2020

Health Minister says Covid-19 vaccine by December 'unlikely'

Stephen Donnelly has said that a vaccine will likely be available in Ireland early in 2021.

# vaccine - Friday 27 November, 2020

UK government asks regulator to assess AstraZeneca vaccine in 'first step' towards roll-out

The UK government has pre-ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine.

# vaccine - Thursday 26 November, 2020

Astrazeneca says it may need to conduct 'additional study' of its Covid vaccine after questions emerge

CEO Pascal Soriot said more studies may be needed to provide clarity on its data.

Mike Ryan says there's a 'genuine desire to offer people the hope of Christmas' but risks remain

Dr Ryan said he doesn’t “envy” the Irish government and there are “no easy answers”.

# vaccine - Monday 23 November, 2020

Pharmacists urge Government to extend free flu vaccine to teenagers

The uptake of the nasal flu vaccine has reportedly been low.

'All hands on deck': Strategy for roll-out of Covid vaccine to be given to government by 11 December

The taskforce will today discuss what groups should get the vaccine first, and the plan for vaccinating healthcare workers.

Qantas boss says passengers will have to prove they have received a Covid-19 vaccine in order to travel

Alan Joyce said the jab will be a “necessity” for travellers.

Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine can prevent 70% of people from developing virus, data shows

The vaccine has been developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

# vaccine - Friday 20 November, 2020

Taoiseach: Covid vaccine could be a 'wonderful Christmas voucher' for next year

Micheál Martin told Virgin Media that the Covid-19 vaccine “gives us hope, and enables us to say, ‘let’s double down’.”

Americans face growing raft of Covid-19 restrictions as emergency vaccine request to be filed

An emergency use authorisation request for the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is expected to be filed today.

# vaccine - Thursday 19 November, 2020

Covid-19: European Union 'could approve' two vaccines by the middle of December

EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announced the possibility today.

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine produces strong immune response in older adults, study finds

According to researchers, volunteers in the trial demonstrated similar immune responses across all age groups.

# vaccine - Wednesday 18 November, 2020

Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine is 95% effective with no serious side effects, according to trial results

The vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries.

# vaccine - Monday 16 November, 2020

Covid-19: EU to sign contract with German pharmaceutical company for fifth potential vaccine

Ursula von der Leyen confirmed the deal would be signed in a video message today.

# vaccine - Saturday 14 November, 2020

Explainer: Which Covid-19 vaccines could Ireland get and how prepared are we for the roll-out?

The European Commission has signed agreements with four companies so far.

Trust in vaccines vital to halting pandemic, warns WHO

A vaccine won’t be able to stop Covid-19 if people are reluctant to take it, a top WHO expert has said.

# vaccine - Friday 13 November, 2020

Coronavirus vaccine should be available to Irish public by mid-2021, Martin says

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said it would be available to priority groups before then.

# vaccine - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

High-level taskforce created to oversee Covid-19 vaccine roll out in Ireland

People who are most vulnerable to Covid-19 will be the immediate priority of government.

# vaccine - Monday 9 November, 2020

Concern about Denmark's mutated coronavirus strain as testing begins at Irish mink farms

As the worlds largest producer of mink fur, Denmark has 1,080 mink farms, with Covid-19 being detected on 207 of them.

'A watershed moment': Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine is '90% effective' in preventing the illness, company says

The results are in from its phase three trial.

# vaccine - Wednesday 4 November, 2020

15-year-old settles case with State and pharmaceutical company over side-effects from swine flu vaccine

Ben Blackwell from Ratoath in Co Meath won damages in the High Court today.

# vaccine - Monday 2 November, 2020

Pfizer 'cautiously optimistic' about getting vaccine approval by the end of November

Any circulation of the vaccine in 2020 “will be very, very minimal”, says Dr Paul Duffy, Vice President of Pfizer Global Supply.

# vaccine - Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Trials of Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine showed 'strong immune responses' in adults, researchers say

This vaccine from Astrazeneca and Oxford University is being tested in various locations around the world.

# vaccine - Monday 26 October, 2020

Over half of people in Ireland would take a Covid-19 vaccine

Results from a number of vaccine trials have been encouraging and some are aiming to file for authorisation as early as November.

# vaccine - Sunday 25 October, 2020

Dr Fauci says effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccine could be known before end of year

The US’s top infectious disease specialist said such knowledge could arrive by the end of November or beginning of December.

# vaccine - Saturday 24 October, 2020

Explainer: How close are we to a Covid-19 vaccine?

Although the research is by no means complete, there is a strong sense of optimism in the medical and scientific community.

# vaccine - Friday 16 October, 2020

China's Covid-19 vaccine candidate is safe and prompts antibody response - early results from study

This vaccine includes the killed virus mixed with aluminium hydroxide, which is known to boost immune responses.

# vaccine - Saturday 3 October, 2020

Leading Covid-19 vaccine trial resumes in Japan but not US

A leader behind the vaccine said it could be ready by the end of the year despite the pause.

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