Italy

    • Italy halts AstraZeneca vaccine for under 60s

      Italy halts AstraZeneca vaccine for under 60s

      The Italian government announced it was once again restricting the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to people over the age of 60, after it caused the death of a teenager. As EUROPOST reminds, Camilla Canepa died on Thursday aged 18 after being given the vaccine on 25 May, triggering a media and political outcry over the Anglo-Swedish company's shot being used for adults of all ages despite previously-raised medical concerns.

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    • Italian girl dies after having AstraZeneca vaccine

      Italian girl dies after having AstraZeneca vaccine

      An 18-year-old woman died at Genoa's San Martino hospital on Thursday after suffering a blood clot following vaccination with the AstraZeneca jab on 25 May, ANSA reported. A causal link between the death of Camilla Canepa and the vaccination has not been established but the case has raised concerns about the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine on young people.

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    • US eases travel recommendations for more than 110 countries and territories

      US eases travel recommendations for more than 110 countries and territories

      The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased travel recommendations for more than 110 countries and territories, including Japan just ahead of the Olympics. The CDC's new ratings, first reported by Reuters and posted on a CDC website on Monday, include 61 nations that were lowered from its highest "Level 4" rating that discouraged all travel to recommending travel for fully vaccinated individuals, the agency confirmed on Tuesday.

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    • Four more Italian regions turn into Covid low-risk white zone

      Four more Italian regions turn into Covid low-risk white zone

      Four more Italian regions turned into Covid low-risk white zones on Monday, meaning most restrictions on commercial activities were lifted there, ANSA reported. Abruzzo, Liguria, Umbria and Veneto joined Friuli, Molise and Sardinia on the lowest restrictions list. Higher Health Institute (ISS) chief Silvio Brusaferro said last week that if the current infection curve drop continues, all regions will turn white by mid-June.

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    • Conte wins key battle over 5-Star revival

      Conte wins key battle over 5-Star revival

      Italy’s former PM Giuseppe Conte won a key legal battle related to the leadership of the ruling 5-Star Movement, Reuters reported. The movement has been torn by internal rows. However Conte's win paves the way for decisive revival of the party. Conte agreed to take the reins of 5-Star after his coalition government was sacked in February, but his plans to relaunch the struggling group have been delayed by a bitter dispute with the firm that provided its internet platform.

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    • EC set to launch infringement procedure over Italian media law

      EC set to launch infringement procedure over Italian media law

      The European Commission is set to launch an infringement procedure against Italy over a media law potentially curbing Vivendi's interests in the country, Reuters reported citing newspaper la Repubblica on Friday. The Commission in December raised questions over the validity of the law approved by Rome in November which allowed national communications regulator AGCOM to start a probe into Vivendi's Italian assets to evaluate whether these holdings are harmful to media plurality.

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    • Expert board will strictly oversee Italy's Recovery Plan: Reuters

      Expert board will strictly oversee Italy's Recovery Plan: Reuters

      Italy’s PM Mario Draghi plans to set up a board of technical experts to strictly oversee management of Italy's five-year Recovery Plan, according to a draft government decree obtained by Reuters. The decree, set to be approved by the cabinet on Friday, includes emergency measures to streamline bureaucracy and explains how the government will implement investment projects to be funded by the EU.

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