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Europe

Italy to rethink vaccine rollout if supply problems persist
Europe

Italy to rethink vaccine rollout if supply problems persist

  • Vaccinations in Italy have slowed to 20,000-25,000 a day from peaks of more than 90,000 around two weeks ago, Locatelli said.
  • The European Medicines Agency will rule on whether to approve the AstraZeneca vaccine for use in the bloc on Jan. 29 .
Published 23 Jan, 2021 08:57pm
Greek foreign minister hopes for 'positive' spirit from Turkey in talks
Europe

Greek foreign minister hopes for 'positive' spirit from Turkey in talks

  • "The only sure thing is the positive approach of Athens. I hope the Turkish side will come to these talks in the same spirit," Nikos Dendias.
  • I want to be clear, that (subject) is the demarcation of the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean on the basis of international law.
Published 23 Jan, 2021 07:38pm
UK doctors call for shorter gap between Pfizer vaccine doses
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UK doctors call for shorter gap between Pfizer vaccine doses

Britain is prioritising giving first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, allowing up to 12 weeks before a second dose, to give the maximum number of people some initial protection. * It therefore urged the CMO to "urgently review the UK's current position of second doses after 12 weeks".
Published 23 Jan, 2021 06:22pm
Portugal holds presidential election as COVID-19 cases spiral
Europe

Portugal holds presidential election as COVID-19 cases spiral

  • It wouldn't have been a problem to wait another month. Exceptional times call for exceptional measures.
  • Voting is the only reason people are permitted to leave home for anything other than essential work or trips under the current nationwide lockdown rules.
Published 23 Jan, 2021 05:44pm
EU urges Ivory Coast to comply with new sustainable cocoa laws
Europe

EU urges Ivory Coast to comply with new sustainable cocoa laws

  • The European consumer wants to eat chocolate without having to think about child labour, deforestation or the poverty of those who grow cocoa.
  • The EU represents the leading destination for Ivorian beans, accounting for 67% of the country's cocoa exports.
Published 22 Jan, 2021 09:23pm
German CDU confirms Laschet as new leader in postal ballot
Europe

German CDU confirms Laschet as new leader in postal ballot

  • Laschet, premier of Germany's most populous state and the self-styled Merkel continuity candidate, won 83.35% of the valid postal votes cast by 1,001 delegates.
  • "The CDU remains Germany's Europe party," Laschet told reporters, stressing that he wanted his leadership of the party to be marked by dialogue with its grass roots.
Published 22 Jan, 2021 09:16pm
Erdogan says 10mn CoronaVac doses could reach Turkey by weekend
Europe

Erdogan says 10mn CoronaVac doses could reach Turkey by weekend

  • "(The second consignment) was approved in China," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul. "It is highly probable that it could come by the end of this week. We expect 10 million to come."
  • Some 600,000 people were vaccinated in two days when the rollout began just over a week ago, but the pace later slowed.
Published 22 Jan, 2021 07:08pm
Irish court grants extension to Norwegian Air's debt restructuring
Europe

Irish court grants extension to Norwegian Air's debt restructuring

  • The extension to Feb. 25 was granted after a lawyer representing the Irish examiner told the court that the examiner believed the budget carrier had a reasonable prospect of survival.
  • I will grant that application and extend the time for reporting... to the 25th of February.
Published 22 Jan, 2021 07:18pm
Double-dip Europe recession 'increasingly inevitable': PMI
Europe

Double-dip Europe recession 'increasingly inevitable': PMI

  • A double-dip recession for the eurozone economy is looking increasingly inevitable as tighter Covid-19 restrictions took a further toll on businesses in January.
  • This was due to the "ongoing relative resilience of manufacturing, rising demand for exported goods.
Published 22 Jan, 2021 05:40pm
UK body sets billion-pound budget for COVID financial firm collapses
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UK body sets billion-pound budget for COVID financial firm collapses

  • The Financial Services Compensation Scheme's (FSCS) budget of 1.04 billion pounds for the 2021/22 financial year that starts in April is its highest in six years.
  • In any other sector, a forecast for compensation of over one billion pounds would be the focus of national scandal.
Published 22 Jan, 2021 06:16pm