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Global Europe 01-12-2021

Officials offer reassurance over Omicron variant; WHO advises against travel bans

The World Health Organization warned countries on Tuesday (30 November) not to impose blanket travel bans over the new Omicron coronavirus variant as governments and scientists try to determine how much protection current vaccines would offer against the strain.
Global Europe 30-11-2021

Postponement of WTO ministerial a ‘significant blow’ to COVID vaccine, fishing deals

The postponement of the World Trade Organization's ministerial conference this week all but guarantees months of deadlock on fishing subsidies and a bid to spread COVID-19 vaccines more widely.
Coronavirus 29-11-2021

Omicron COVID variant shuts borders across globe

A new, heavily mutated Covid-19 variant spread across the globe on Sunday (28 November), shutting borders and renewing curbs as the EU chief said governments faced a "race against time" to understand the strain.
Coronavirus 26-11-2021

Fearing new South Africa variant, Europe scrambles for boosters, jabs for kids

Europe scrambled Thursday (25 November) to regain control over a resurgent coronavirus as governments urged adult boosters and jabs for young children in a sign of growing unease over a pandemic that has killed 1.5 million people on the continent.
Coronavirus 16-09-2021

Some vaccine platforms can be easier adapted to new COVID-19 variants

For now, vaccines are capable of dealing with SARS-CoV-2 virus variants circulating in the world. But as new variants potentially emerge vaccines might need to be adapted to fight the new strains.
Health 11-08-2021

Merkel prods Germans to get COVID-19 vaccine as 4th wave worries mount

Germany's coronavirus vaccination drive has slowed and those people who have not taken up the opportunity to have shots will have to take COVID-19 tests to take a full part in public life, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
Coronavirus 23-07-2021

Delta COVID variant now dominates European region, warn WHO and ECDC

The COVID Delta variant has swept rapidly across Europe to become the dominant strain across much of the region according to new data from European health authorities, who warn that action must be taken to curtail its spread.
Coronavirus 13-07-2021

Israel changes strategy as Delta variant makes 90% of the cases

Four weeks ago, Israel was celebrating a return to normal life in its battle with COVID-19. Then came the more infectious Delta variant, and a surge in cases that has forced re-imposing some COVID-19 restrictions and rethinking strategy.
Global Europe 23-04-2021

India logs record new infections as Europe hopes peak may be over

India posted a record rise in new coronavirus cases in an alarming surge being blamed on a "double mutant" variant and super-spreader events, even as countries in Europe prepare to ease restrictions, hoping the peak may have passed.
Coronavirus 19-03-2021

EU health chief: COVID tests still needed as vaccination alone is not enough

Vaccination alone is not going to eradicate the coronavirus, said EU health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides on Thursday (18 March), stressing the importance of tests and contact tracking.