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Global Europe 05-03-2021

Australia asks European Commission to review Italy’s vaccine block

Australia has asked the European Commission to review a decision by Italy to block a shipment of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, while stressing on Friday (5 March) the missing doses would not affect the rollout of Australia's inoculation programme.
Global Europe 05-03-2021

Israel, Denmark, Austria agree deal for vaccine development

Leaders from Israel, Austria and Denmark announced Thursday (4 March) in Jerusalem an alliance for the development and production of future generation coronavirus vaccines, a deal that has already sparked criticism in Europe.
Global Europe 04-03-2021

Israeli critics warn EU against legitimising Palestinian ‘vaccination apartheid’

A group of prominent Israelis have warned Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz not to cooperate with Israel on vaccines, citing what they termed vaccination “apartheid” vis-à-vis the country’s Palestinian population.
Global Europe 01-03-2021

EU audits Indian vaccine maker as AstraZeneca looks to boost supplies to the bloc

Europe’s drug regulator is auditing the manufacturing site of the Serum Institute of India (SII), a source with knowledge of the matter said, a necessary step before AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine made there can be exported to the bloc.
Health 01-03-2021

EU to clear Johnson and Johnson vaccine in March, says French minister

A single-shot Covid-19 vaccine by US drugmaker Johnson and Johnson is likely to be approved for use in the European Union in early March, a French minister said Sunday (28 February).
China 01-03-2021

Hungarian PM receives Chinese vaccine as government ramps up rollout

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been vaccinated with a coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinopharm, Orbán announced on his official Facebook page on Sunday (28 February) as the country tries to accelerate its vaccination programme.
China 26-02-2021

Chinese coronavirus jab brings relief, and concern in Hungary

We should be happy to get any vaccine," said Laszlo Cservak, a pensioner queueing in Budapest for China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine shot after Hungary became the first EU member to start using it.
Health 26-02-2021

Don’t be selfish – get a COVID shot, says UK’s Queen Elizabeth

Britain’s 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth, who last month had her first COVID-19 vaccination dose, has encouraged the public to follow suit, saying it did not hurt and those who were wary should think of others.
Global Europe 26-02-2021

Ticket to ride: Vaccine passports divide world

As European Union leaders debated the idea Thursday (25 February) amid claims that it could be divisive and discriminatory, on the global scale, the idea of vaccine passports, which would allow people who have been inoculated the freedom to travel,...
Coronavirus 26-02-2021

EU leaders take baby step toward vaccination certificate, fume at pharma industry

EU leaders decided at a teleconference on Thursday (25 February) to start working on a digital vaccination certificate now and start implementing it when there is sufficient number of EU citizens vaccinated.
Aviation 25-02-2021

Airlines implore EU countries to implement vaccine ‘travel pass’

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on EU leaders to introduce controversial vaccine passports to restart the ailing air travel sector, according to a leaked document seen by EURACTIV.
Health 25-02-2021

In boost for COVID-19 battle, Pfizer vaccine found 94% effective in real world

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, in a potentially landmark moment for countries desperate to end lockdowns and reopen economies.
Development Policy 25-02-2021

First vaccines delivered under global Covax scheme

Ghana became the first country to receive India-made vaccines from the global Covax scheme, paving the way for poorer nations to catch up with inoculation drives in wealthier parts of the world to stamp out the coronavirus pandemic.
Health 25-02-2021

Bulgaria accuses AstraZeneca of taking country’s vaccine ‘hope’ away

Bulgaria's health minister has accused AstraZeneca of failing to stick to its delivery schedule of COVID-19 vaccines to the country and demanded the immediate shipment of at least 52,800 doses that were postponed to 1 March.
Europe's East 24-02-2021

Ukraine starts its COVID-19 vaccination campaign with India-made jab

Ukraine started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Wednesday (24 February), with doctors the first to be inoculated.
Elections 24-02-2021

Bulgaria to open restaurants from March, nightclubs from April

Bulgaria will reopen restaurants from March and lift a ban on nightclubs from April, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Wednesday (24 February), betting on a vaccination programme and a solid number of recoveries from COVID-19.
Health 24-02-2021

Von der Leyen tells skittish Europeans: ‘I’d take AstraZeneca vaccine’

The European Union’s most senior administrator said she would happily receive AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine as officials rushed to find ways of ensuring doses refused by skittish Germans did not go to waste.
Global Europe 24-02-2021

San Marino turns to Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

San Marino on Tuesday (23 February) received a first batch of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines, government officials said, allowing the tiny state landlocked inside Italy to start its immunisation campaign.
Health 23-02-2021

WHO slams rich states for hogging vaccines

The World Health Organization on Monday (22 February) blasted wealthy countries for not only hogging Covid vaccines but in doing so, hindering the pathway for poorer nations to get them too.
Global Europe 19-02-2021

Slovak party derails plan to buy Russian vaccine without EU registration

Slovakia has dumped a plan to negotiate with Russia to buy the Sputnik V vaccine, after a junior coalition partner vetoed buying a product which has not been registered by the European Medicines Agency, Prime Minister Igor Matovič said.
Global Europe 18-02-2021

UN urges global vaccine effort as Washington pays WHO dues

United Nations chief António Guterres said Wednesday (17 February) that the world "urgently needs a global vaccination plan" to stop wealthy countries leaving poorer nations behind in the coronavirus fightback.
Europe's East 17-02-2021

Ukrainian minister says corruption accusations hit vaccine procurement

The Ukrainian health minister said on Tuesday (16 February) that Kyiv’s coronavirus vaccine purchases were being hampered by “dirty information attacks” that have triggered a corruption investigation against his ministry.
Health 17-02-2021

EU to launch programme for ‘second generation’ COVID-19 vaccines

The EU will launch a programme to study Covid-19 variants and produce "second generation" vaccines against future strains, the Commission president has said.
Health 17-02-2021

Malta leads EU vaccinations but wary of virus variants

The leading EU country for Covid vaccinations, Malta, on Tuesday (16 February) credited the bloc's joint procurement for its success, but stressed moves need to be made to counter worrying virus variants.
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