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European Union excludes Covishield, Indian made AstraZeneca from ‘green pass’ list

India’s Covishield jab is not eligible for a European Union travel pass for vaccinated tourists, reports say. Covishield is the Indian-made version of AstraZeneca, which is eligible for the EU-wide pass or digital green certificate, set to launch on 1 July. While the latter has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the former […]

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Delta variant to account for 90% of EU Covid-19 cases in August: Bloc’s health agency

The Covid-19 Delta variant first identified in India would become a dominant strain, accounting for 90% of the new infections in the European Union in August, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has warned. The EU health agency echoed what the World Health Organization and the United States CDC earlier said. The […]

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European Union launch new space programme that’ll cover period until 2027

The European Union launched a new space programme that’ll cover the period to 2027 and will see the bloc’s 27 member states deepen investments in satellite-navigation, Earth observation, space situational awareness and secure communications, among other activities. It also establishes a new body called the EU Agency for the Space Programme. EUSPA will have oversight […]

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European Union bans Belarus planes from using its airspace

The European Union banned Belarusian planes from using its airspace and accessing its airports after the forced grounding of a Ryanair flight. European airlines are also being strongly encouraged to avoid flying over the ex-Soviet country. EU states are furious at Belarus for forcing a passenger flight to land in Minsk last month and then […]

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EU drug regulators approve Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds

The EU’s medicines agency (EMA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12-15 year olds – the first jab allowed for this age group in the bloc. Marco Cavaleri, the EMA’s head of vaccine strategy, said the 12-15 age group would require two doses with an interval of at least three weeks. He said trials showed […]

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European Union charges Apple for breaking competition rules on the App Store

Apple was charged with breaking EU competition rules over the way it runs its App Store. European Commission anti-trust regulator Margrethe Vestager tweeted that “consumers are losing out”. It relates to charges brought two years ago by music streaming app Spotify which claimed that Apple was stifling innovation in that industry. Apple faces a large […]

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European Union launch legal action against AstraZeneca for repeatedly delaying Covid-19 vaccine shipments

The European Union said Monday it had launched legal action against the British-Swedish drug company AstraZeneca after it repeatedly under-delivered on its shipments of Covid-19 vaccines to the bloc. The 27 nations in the European Union have rolled out a relatively sluggish vaccination program as the company’s deliveries to the union have fallen tens of […]

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European Union imposes sanctions on Myanmar’s military leaders and conglomerates

European Union has imposed sanctions on 10 of Myanmar’s military leaders, as well as two giant military conglomerates, in its toughest measures yet against the February 1 coup and bloody crackdown. The sanctions include asset freezes and visa bans, EU member states said the individuals were “all responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of […]

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European Union’s drug regulator finds AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine ‘safe and effective’

The European Union’s drug regulator on Thursday said it had found the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine “safe and effective” and was not linked to an increased risk of blood clots. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) reviewed the jab after 13 EU states suspended use of the vaccine over fears of a link to blood clots. “The […]

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United Nations envoy recommends a relax on Venezuela sanctions amid worsening humanitarian crises

A United Nations envoy has recommended the Untied States to relax sanctions on Venezuela as they have worsened the humanitarian crisis. A 12-day visit by Alena Douhan, a UN special rapporteur focusing on sanctions, recommended in a preliminary report that sanctions from the European Union and the United States must be lifted and the Venezuelan […]