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Europe

UK regulator says some evidence AstraZeneca clots occur more in women than men
Europe

UK regulator says some evidence AstraZeneca clots occur more in women than men

  • British officials have previously only said that the incidence of the clots was linked to age, and that a link with sex had not been established, noting that more women had been vaccinated then men.
  • In the latest weekly figures, the MHRA said that the case incidence of the rare clots and low platelet levels was 10.5 per million doses, compared to 9.3 per million last week.
Published 06 May, 2021 08:13pm
German panel to recommend J&J COVID vaccine for over-60s: Spiegel
Europe

German panel to recommend J&J COVID vaccine for over-60s: Spiegel

  • Europe's drug regulator approved J&J's vaccine last month after examining cases of a rare blood clotting issue in US adults who received a dose. But it left it up to the European Union's member states to decide how to use it.
  • A spokeswoman for the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said the institute expects STIKO to make a recommendation on J&J's vaccine next week. She declined to comment further.
Published 07 May, 2021 06:02pm
Spain's regions at odds over keeping COVID curfew
Europe

Spain's regions at odds over keeping COVID curfew

  • Imposed last October to curb a rampant second wave of infections, the state of emergency allowed the central government to temporarily enforce a nationwide 11 p.m. curfew as well as local travel bans and lockdowns.
  • Basque regional president Inigo Urkullu said on Thursday he would not appeal to the Supreme Court, a last resort for regions, if the measures were struck down.
Published 07 May, 2021 06:45pm
Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine effective but some data lacking: WHO experts
Europe

Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine effective but some data lacking: WHO experts

  • The Sinovac vaccine has been authorised in 32 countries and jurisdictions, with 260 million doses distributed, the SAGE experts said.
  • "We are very confident that 2 doses of CoronaVac are efficacious in preventing PCR confirmed COVID19 in adults (18-59 years)," SAGE said in an assessment posted on the WHO website.
Published 05 May, 2021 08:15pm
Irish 2021 tax take 1.4pc ahead of expectations at end-April
Europe

Irish 2021 tax take 1.4pc ahead of expectations at end-April

  • That helped the treasury collect 0.4% more income tax than expected by the end of April while VAT receipts came in 1.5% ahead of forecast.
  • Excise duties on products such as alcohol, tobacco and energy beat the department's expectations by 2.7%.
Published 05 May, 2021 08:27pm
EU beefs up powers to control China investment
Europe

EU beefs up powers to control China investment

  • The new rules, once approved by member states and European Parliament, will give EU competition authorities new abilities to probe foreign companies seeking to snap up EU companies or public contracts.
Published 05 May, 2021 04:10pm
German cabinet passes decree to ease COVID-19 curbs for vaccinated
Europe

German cabinet passes decree to ease COVID-19 curbs for vaccinated

  • Lambrecht said the curbs, introduced to contain infections and prevent the health system from becoming overburdened, must be relaxed once they can no longer be justified.
  • "If the risk of virus transmission is greatly reduced in fully vaccinated and recovered people, this must be taken into account in the measures. We have now implemented this," she said.
Published 04 May, 2021 07:40pm
EU, India to revive stalled trade talks, draft statement says, in counterweight to China
Europe

EU, India to revive stalled trade talks, draft statement says, in counterweight to China

  • The draft statement, which must be signed off by EU ambassadors on Wednesday and needs New Delhi's final approval, would bind together two of the world's biggest economies in an alliance seen as a counter to China's power.
  • The deal would follow on from a similar accord signed between the EU and Japan in 2019, seeking an alternative to Chinese largesse that raised suspicion in the West and Tokyo.
Published 04 May, 2021 06:51pm
GSP Plus status: Government decides to address EU concerns over minorities, freedom of expression
Europe

GSP Plus status: Government decides to address EU concerns over minorities, freedom of expression

  • Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting of his senior cabinet members and close aides on Monday, to discuss the resolution passed by the European Parliament, which called for a review of their trade relations with Pakistan.
  • The European Parliament's resolution is linked with Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws, and could potentially end Pakistan's eligibility for the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) trading status.
Updated 03 May, 2021 10:07pm
Russian military in Armenia reinforce areas near Azeri border
Europe

Russian military in Armenia reinforce areas near Azeri border

  • Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces fought a six-week war over Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas last year until the conflict was halted by a Russia-brokered deal in November, locking in territorial gains for Azerbaijan and establishing presence of Russian peacekeepers in the conflict zone.
  • "Two strongholds of the 102nd Russian military base were established in the Syunik region," the Interfax news agency cited Pashinyan as saying in an address to the Armenian parliament.
Updated 03 May, 2021 08:44pm
UK on course to ditch social distancing rule in June - PM Johnson
Europe

UK on course to ditch social distancing rule in June - PM Johnson

  • Johnson's government has set out a roadmap to end lockdown restrictions in stages as widespread vaccinations help to suppress infections.
  • Asked about that possibility during a campaign visit in northern England, Johnson said: "I think we've got a good chance, a good chance, of being able to dispense with one-metre plus."
Published 03 May, 2021 07:56pm