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Russian scientists say Sputnik V performs well against COVID mutations
Europe

Russian scientists say Sputnik V performs well against COVID mutations

  • "(A) recent study carried out by the Gamaleya Centre in Russia showed that revaccination with Sputnik V vaccine is working very well against new coronavirus mutations, including the UK and South African strains of coronavirus.
  • We believe that vector-based vaccines are actually better for future revaccinations than vaccines based on other platforms.
Updated 27 Feb, 2021 09:08pm
Italy tightens COVID-19 curbs in several regions as cases pick up
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Italy tightens COVID-19 curbs in several regions as cases pick up

  • Italy has established a four-tier colour-coded system (white, yellow, orange and red) which allows for measures to be calibrated according to infection levels, with assessments revised every week.
  • In these areas restaurants and bars are closed except for take-aways and people are not allowed to leave their towns except for emergencies, work and health reasons.
Updated 27 Feb, 2021 09:08pm
One killed and one wounded in oxygen explosion at Ukraine hospital
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One killed and one wounded in oxygen explosion at Ukraine hospital

  • Earlier in February, three intensive care patients and a ward doctor died in a fire in a hospital treating coronavirus cases in Zaporizhzhya in southeastern Ukraine.
  • Ukraine has registered more 1.3 million coronavirus cases with 25,893 deaths so far. Chernivtsi is currently among the regions with most new COVID-19 cases.
Updated 27 Feb, 2021 09:08pm
Sunak to give UK Infrastructure Bank 12bn stg of capital in budget
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Sunak to give UK Infrastructure Bank 12bn stg of capital in budget

  • It said this will help the bank, which will launch in the spring and operate UK-wide, unlock billions in private finance to support 40 billion pounds of infrastructure investment.
  • "We are backing this bank with the finance it needs to deliver modern infrastructure fit for the 21st century and create jobs," said Sunak.
Updated 27 Feb, 2021 09:10pm
Scottish Labour elects Anas Sarwar as new leader
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Scottish Labour elects Anas Sarwar as new leader

  • Sarwar, a Glasgow member of the Scottish parliament (MSP), succeeds Richard Leonard who resigned in January.
  • I want to say directly to the people of Scotland - I know Labour has a lot of work to do to win back your trust because if we're brutally honest you haven't had the Scottish Labour party you deserve.
Updated 27 Feb, 2021 09:09pm
Military honours and fly-past mark funeral of Britain's Captain Tom
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Military honours and fly-past mark funeral of Britain's Captain Tom

  • In the run up to his 100th birthday last year, he had been challenged to walk 100 laps of his garden to raise a modest 1,000 pounds.
  • In line with current pandemic restrictions, the funeral at Bedford Crematorium in central England was attended by just eight members of Moore's immediate family. It was televised, however.
Updated 27 Feb, 2021 09:08pm
France flags G20 consensus on tax reform, IMF SDRs, debt
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France flags G20 consensus on tax reform, IMF SDRs, debt

  • Le Maire said talks on rewriting decades-old rules on cross-border taxation needed to wrap up by summer and that a new allocation of International Monetary Fund (IMF) special drawing rights, along with a new G20 framework to ease poor countries' debt, were needed.
Published 26 Feb, 2021 09:21pm
Moldova denies it has approved Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 shot
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Moldova denies it has approved Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 shot

  • Sorina Stefirta told journalists that the Sputnik V vaccine would only be approved in Moldova after it had been registered by the World Health Organisation.
  • The Russian Direct Investment Fund and former Moldovan president Igor Dodon earlier said the shot had been approved.
Published 26 Feb, 2021 08:21pm
Czech parliament backs new pandemic powers as government seeks tighter lockdown
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Czech parliament backs new pandemic powers as government seeks tighter lockdown

  • The country of 10.7 million has had among the world's highest per capita rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths in recent weeks, with new variants complicating the situation.
  • The so-called pandemic bill was supported by almost all parties in parliament and gives the Health Ministry the right to issue bans and orders, like closing shops or services, with the cabinet's consent.
Published 26 Feb, 2021 09:07pm
UK vaccine committee advises COVID-19 shot rollout should continue by age
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UK vaccine committee advises COVID-19 shot rollout should continue by age

  • Britain's vaccine rollout has been among the fastest in the world, meeting a government target to offer vaccines to 15 million high-risk people by mid-February.
  • "We know the age based programme is simple and works very well, and therefore, it seems sensible to continue with that, keeping an eye on speed."
Published 26 Feb, 2021 07:27pm
Hungary may have to tighten lockdown as COVID cases jump, PM says
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Hungary may have to tighten lockdown as COVID cases jump, PM says

  • Orban also said all the 2.5 million to 2.6 million Hungarians who have registered for COVID-19 vaccinations so far would receive at least one dose by Easter, in early April.
  • Orban, speaking on state radio, said he hoped to get vaccinated with a shot developed by China's Sinopharm early next week.
Published 26 Feb, 2021 07:09pm
Take 'fantastic' AstraZeneca vaccine, top officials tell Germans
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Take 'fantastic' AstraZeneca vaccine, top officials tell Germans

  • German officials have expressed growing disquiet over the quantities of the AstraZeneca vaccine being left untaken by nervous Germans.
  • "We strongly recommend it: this vaccine is safe and effective, it protects," Health Minister Jens Spahn told a news conference.
Published 26 Feb, 2021 07:04pm
London could lose out to New York under draft EU finance deal: document
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London could lose out to New York under draft EU finance deal: document

  • Britain's financial services industry has been largely cut off from the EU, its biggest customer, since a Brexit transition period ended on Dec. 31 as the sector is not covered by the UK-EU trade deal.
  • Trading in EU shares and derivatives, for example, has already left Britain for continental Europe.
Published 26 Feb, 2021 06:31pm
Ireland targets return to full employment no later than 2023
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Ireland targets return to full employment no later than 2023

  • Irish businesses have been shut cumulatively for a longer period than any other European Union country over the last 11 months and have been back in a strict lockdown since late December that is set to run at least into April.
  • They see the change in hours worked as a reasonable proxy for the impact of the pandemic on the labour market.
Published 25 Feb, 2021 08:57pm
G20 should not withdraw fiscal support too early
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G20 should not withdraw fiscal support too early

  • "We must not scale back the support programs too early and too quickly," Scholz said ahead of a virtual meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors of the world's top 20 economies, adding he would campaign with his G20 colleagues for continued stimulus.
Published 26 Feb, 2021 07:06pm
'I have only bad news' PM warns Hungary, as hospitals face worst weeks yet
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'I have only bad news' PM warns Hungary, as hospitals face worst weeks yet

  • "I have only bad news," Orban said in a Facebook video. "We are facing the hardest two weeks since the start of the pandemic. The number of infections is rising sharply and will continue to rise due to the new mutations."
  • Hungary's government has extended a partial lockdown until March 15, Orban's chief of staff said earlier in the day.
Published 25 Feb, 2021 08:41pm