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Coronavirus 30-12-2021

World nations try to balance Omicron restrictions while keeping economies open

Global COVID-19 infections hit a record high over the past seven-day period, Reuters data showed on Wednesday (29 December), as the Omicron variant raced out of control and governments tried to contain its spread without paralysing fragile economies.
Coronavirus 22-12-2021

Biden calls on Americans to vaccinate to fight Omicron as Europe braces for ‘storm’

Countries across Europe considered new curbs on movement on Tuesday (21 December) while US President Joe Biden appealed to all Americans to get vaccinated to fight the Omicron variant sweeping the world days before the second Christmas of the pandemic.
Coronavirus 21-12-2021

UK says COVID surge ‘extremely difficult’ as Omicron grips Europe

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (20 December) he would tighten coronavirus curbs to slow the spread of the Omicron variant if needed, after the Netherlands began a fourth lockdown and as other European nations consider Christmas restrictions.
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10-12-2021

European health systems must prepare for Alzheimer’s

By taking concrete steps today, Europe can be prepared for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The burden of disease is growing, so there is no time to wait. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the need for health system readiness into sharp focus....
Coronavirus 08-12-2021

Top WHO, US scientists say Omicron no worse than other virus variants

The Omicron variant appears to be no worse than other coronavirus strains, top scientists from the WHO and the United States told AFP, while cautioning that more research is needed to judge its severity.
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.
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.
Health 25-11-2021

EU proposes booster jabs for 2022 travel, opens to WHO vaccines

European Union residents will need to have COVID-19 vaccine booster jabs if they want to travel to another country in the bloc next summer free of tests or quarantines, the European Commission proposed on Thursday (25 November).
Health 24-11-2021

Europe battles COVID surge as WHO warns of 700,000 more deaths

Europe remains "in the firm grip" of COVID and the continent's death toll could top 2.2 million this winter if current trends continue, the World Health Organisation warned on Tuesday (23 November).
Coronavirus 05-11-2021

COVID cases break records across Europe as winter takes hold

Coronavirus infections are hitting record levels in many countries across Europe as winter takes hold, prompting a call for action from the World Health Organization which described the new wave as a "grave concern".
Coronavirus 04-11-2021

‘Grave concern’ over COVID in Europe as German cases soar

The World Health Organization expressed "grave concern" Thursday (4 November) over the rising pace of coronavirus infections in Europe, as Germany registered its biggest daily increase since the start of the pandemic.
Global Europe 15-09-2021

African Union slams vaccine manufacturers for restricting access

The African Union on Tuesday (14 September) accused manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines of denying African countries a fair chance to buy them, and urged manufacturing countries - in particular India - to lift export restrictions on vaccines and their components.
Health 01-09-2021

Richer countries winning Europe’s vaccine race

Europe may have fully vaccinated almost half of its population against Covid-19, but the richer countries are far outstripping the poorer ones. This disparity, often along West-East lines, has raised concerns from the European Commission and the World Health Organisation.
Coronavirus 31-08-2021

WHO sounds alarm over rising COVID deaths in Europe

The World Health Organisation warned Monday (30 August) that 236,000 more people could die from COVID in Europe by December, sounding the alarm over rising infections and stagnating vaccine rates across the continent. Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czechia, North Macedonia and Bulgaria are among the countries with the highest mortality.
Development Policy 20-08-2021

Facing backlash, EU says import of J&J vaccines from South Africa is temporary

The European Commission said it had reached a temporary agreement with South Africa to use a plant there to bottle Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines that are being imported into the EU, after criticism of the arrangement.
Global Europe 06-08-2021

Ignoring WHO call, major nations stick to vaccine booster plans

Germany, France and Israel will go ahead with plans to administer COVID-19 vaccine boosters, disregarding an appeal by the World Health Organisation to hold off until more people are vaccinated around the world.
China 22-07-2021

China rejects WHO plan for study of COVID-19 origin

China rejected on Thursday (22 July) a World Health Organization (WHO) plan for a second phase of an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, which includes the hypothesis it could have escaped from a Chinese laboratory, a top health...
China 02-06-2021

WHO asks for re-checks of research on when coronavirus first surfaced in Italy

Samples from a study suggesting the coronavirus was circulating outside China by October 2019 have been re-tested at the World Health Organization's (WTO) request, two scientists who led the Italian research said.
Health 18-05-2021

G20 snubs COVID patent waiver, waters down pledge on WHO’s funding

Leaders of the world’s largest economies back “voluntary licensing” of COVID-19 vaccine patents, the draft conclusions of a summit show, watering down a US push for waivers and earlier commitments to supply more funds to the World Health Organization.
Development Policy 17-05-2021

WHO urges rich countries to donate shots instead of vaccinating children

The World Health Organization urged rich countries on Friday (14 May) to reconsider plans to vaccinate children and instead donate COVID-19 shots to the COVAX scheme that shares them with poorer nations. The WHO is hoping more countries will follow...
Health 08-04-2021

EU countries fail to reach a common position on how to use the AstraZeneca jab

EU member countries have adopted different tactics on how to use the AstraZeneca vaccine, despite the Commission’s push for a coordinated approach.
Health 19-03-2021

EU countries resume AstraZeneca jabs after ‘safe’ verdict

Leading EU countries said Thursday (18 March) they would resume AstraZeneca vaccinations after the European medical regulator said the jab is "safe and effective" and not associated with a higher blood clot risk after days of commotion around the shot.
Health 16-03-2021

Major EU nations halt AstraZeneca while WHO insists the jab is safe

The EU's largest countries joined a stream of states halting their rollouts of AstraZeneca jabs on Monday (15 March) over blood clot fears, as the World Health Organization and Europe's medicines watchdog insisted it was safe to use.
Global Europe 09-03-2021

US lambasts Russian vaccine ‘disinformation’, more doses arrive under the Covax initiative

Covid-19 vaccination efforts are gathering steam in Africa, while the EU said it was working to secure a big increase in vaccine supplies to improve its slow roll-out, and the United States denounced what it called a Russian disinformation campaign.