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  • Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine protection wanes

    Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine protection wanes

    New data from Moderna large Covid-19 vaccine trial shows that the protection it offers wanes over time, supporting the case for booster doses, the company said in a news release on Wednesday, Reuters reported. "This is only one estimate, but we do believe this means as you look toward the fall and winter, at minimum we expect the estimated impact of waning immunity would be 600,000 additional cases of Covid-19," Moderna President Stephen Hoge said on a conference call with investors. Hoge did not project how many of the cases would be severe, but said some would require hospitalisation.

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  • Ireland’s Ryanair aims to hire 5,000 new staff

    Ireland’s Ryanair aims to hire 5,000 new staff

    Irish airline Ryanair said on Thursday that it’s planning to create 5,000 jobs over the next five years as part of its recovery from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic, AP reported. The additional pilots, cabin crew and engineers will mean that the company will have more than recouped the 3,000 jobs it got rid of at the start of the pandemic last year. CEO Michael O’Leary said the carrier has been snapping up slots that have been vacated by airlines that have either collapsed or retrenched over the past 18 months or so.

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  • France, China furious at new US, UK, Australia defence pact

    France, China furious at new US, UK, Australia defence pact

    The newly-announced strategic security alliance between the US, the UK and Australia has sparked outrage in China, as well as in France, news wires reported. "The countries concerned should abandon the zero-sum mentality of the Cold War," a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said on Thursday, adding that the three powers would only end up harming their own interests otherwise, according to dpa.

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  • EU Blue Card: More flexible criteria for highly qualified immigrants admitted

    EU Blue Card: More flexible criteria for highly qualified immigrants admitted

    MEPs on Wednesday adopted the reform of the EU Blue Card to facilitate the employment of highly qualified non-EU nationals and help alleviate labour shortages in key sectors, EP Press service reported. The Blue Card Directive, in place since late 2009, defines the conditions of entry and residence that third country nationals (and their family members) must meet to take up highly qualified employment in the member states. However, the scheme has not attracted enough of these much-needed workers, with only 36 806 Blue Cards issued in the EU in 2019 (and Germany issuing most of them).

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  • Australia's submarine deal with French developer victim of Aukus pact

    Australia's submarine deal with French developer victim of Aukus pact

    A major contract between Australia and a French developer to build a fleet of 12 submarines was scrapped after Canberra joined a trilateral partnership with London and Washington, dpa reported. Australian PM Scott Morrison, US President Joe Biden and British PM Boris Johnson on Thursday announced a new partnership, known by its acronym Aukus, which will allow the countries to share technology covering cyber security, artificial intelligence, underwater systems and long-range strike capabilities.

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  • EC calls on Member States to improve journalists' safety across the EU

    EC calls on Member States to improve journalists' safety across the EU

    As announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union address, the Commission presents on Thursday its first-ever Recommendation to strengthen the safety of journalists and other media professionals, EC Press service reported. Journalists have been facing an increasing number of attacks over the past years, including assassinations in the most tragic cases. The Covid-19 crisis has made their work even more difficult, with lower incomes, especially for freelancers, and limited access to venues.

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  • President appoints new caretaker government

    President appoints new caretaker government

    This morning, President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev dissolved the acting caretaker government and presented the new one, which had to be formed after the 46th National Assembly failed to form a regular cabinet. There are three new faces in this latest caretaker government, led as its predecessor by Prime Minister Stefan Yanev. Daniela Vezieva is set to take the reins of the economy, Valeri Belchev is to steer finance, while Hristo Alexiev heads the Ministry of Transport.

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  • Dozens in Putin's inner circle at Kremlin tested with Covid ahead of elections

    Dozens in Putin's inner circle at Kremlin tested with Covid ahead of elections

    President Vladimir Putin announced on Thursday that dozens of people in his inner circle at the Kremlin had tested positive for coronavirus, AFP reported. Earlier this week, the 68-year-old Putin said he was self-isolating after announcing an outbreak among members of his entourage. "Cases of the coronavirus were detected in my inner circle. Not just one or two but several dozen people," Putin said, speaking via video link at a meeting of a Moscow-led security alliance.

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  • French troops kill Islamic State's leader in Sahel, Macron says

    French troops kill Islamic State's leader in Sahel, Macron says

    The head of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, who was wanted for deadly attacks on US soldiers and foreign aid workers, has been killed in an operation by French troops, AFP reported. Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi was “neutralised by French forces”, President Emmanuel Macron tweeted early Thursday. “This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” Macron said, without giving the location or details of the operation.

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  • US, UK and Australia announce new defence partnership

    US, UK and Australia announce new defence partnership

    The leaders of Australia, Britain and the United States announced on Thursday a new trilateral defence partnership, dpa reported. Australian PM Scott Morrison, US President Joe Biden and British PM Boris Johnson said in a joint virtual announcement that the partnership, known by its acronym Aukus, will allow the countries to share technology covering cyber security, artificial intelligence, underwater systems and long-range strike capabilities.

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