Coronavirus

    • ЕМА: Mu Covid variant potentially of concern

      ЕМА: Mu Covid variant potentially of concern

      The European Medicines Agency said Thursday a coronavirus variant known as "Mu" could be cause for concern, although there is no data yet to show it will overtake the dominant Delta strain, AFP reported. Mu, which was first identified in Colombia in January and is known scientifically as B.1.621, was classified earlier this month as a "variant of interest" by the WHO.

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    • Sweden to lift most remaining pandemic restrictions on 29 September

      Sweden to lift most remaining pandemic restrictions on 29 September

      Sweden will push ahead with easing Covid-19 restrictions at the end of this month, removing most curbs and limits on public venues such as restaurants, theatres and stadiums, the government announced on Tuesday, Reuters reported. With most adults vaccinated, Sweden has gradually eased some restrictions during a summer lull in the pandemic. While it has seen infections mount in recent weeks amid the rapid spread of the more contagious Delta variant, deaths from the disease have remained low.

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    • Slovakia eases Covid rules ahead of Pope Francis’s visit

      Slovakia eases Covid rules ahead of Pope Francis’s visit

      Slovakia has widened registration for public events planned during a visit by Pope Francis that begins on Sunday to allow some people not vaccinated against Covid-19 also to attend, Reuters reported. Pope Francis is due to arrive in mainly Roman Catholic Slovakia on 12 September for a visit culminating in an open-air Mass at the Sastin pilgrimage site in western Slovakia on 15 September.

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    • EU, AstraZeneca end litigation, reach agreement on vaccine supply

      EU, AstraZeneca end litigation, reach agreement on vaccine supply

      The EU and AstraZeneca reached on Friday an agreement which will secure the delivery of the remaining Covid-19 vaccine doses to Member States under the terms of the Advance Purchase Agreement concluded on 27 August 2020 with AstraZeneca, EC Press service reported. The agreement will also end the pending litigation before the Brussels Court."Today's settlement agreement guarantees the delivery of the remaining 200 million Covid-19 vaccine doses by AstraZeneca to the EU,” Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides said.

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    • Italy to make Covid vaccine compulsory for all after EMA full approval

      Italy to make Covid vaccine compulsory for all after EMA full approval

      Italy may eventually make COVID-19 inoculations compulsory for everyone of eligible age, and plans to start administering booster vaccine shots later this month to vulnerable people, Reuters reported, citing PM Mario Draghi as saying on Thursday. The government has already made it mandatory for medical workers to get vaccinated if they want to be paid, but Draghi said everyone may be obliged to get a shot when EU health authorities give full approval to the vaccines.

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    • EU health body says no urgent need for vaccine boosters

      EU health body says no urgent need for vaccine boosters

      The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Wednesday there was no urgent need for booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines for the fully vaccinated, citing data on the effectiveness of shots, news wires reported. The comments follow a similar statement from the European Medicines Agency last month that more data was needed on the duration of protection after full inoculation to recommend using booster shots, Reuters recalls.

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    • WHO pandemic early warning hub inaugurated in Berlin

      WHO pandemic early warning hub inaugurated in Berlin

      World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and German Chancellor Angela Merkel officiated at the opening in Berlin on Wednesday of a pandemic early warning hub, dpa reported. The centre aims to prepare the world for future pandemics through the collection and analysis of large amounts of data.

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    • France bets on booster jabs

      France bets on booster jabs

      France on Wednesday started administering booster shots of Covid-19 vaccine to people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions as the delta variant spreads in the country, news wires reported. It is the first big EU country to introduce booster shots, and several other European countries are expected to follow suit, AP pointed out.

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