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January 2021

This picture taken on January 5, 2021, in Paris, shows figurines and a syringe to illustrate people receiving Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) vaccinations. - EU nations started their Covid-19 vaccination campaigns with their most vulnerable groups on December 27, 2020, as a new coronavirus variant spread internationally and the WHO warned the current pandemic will not be the last. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)
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Covid vaccine rollout urgent as new strains take hold

The international spread of more infectious coronavirus strains has made inoculating a maximum number of people as quickly as possible more urgent than ever, experts say
Eine Spritze mit Impfstoff gegen das Corona-Virus SARS-CoV-2 liegt im Corona-Impfzentrum Hamburg in einer Edelstahl-Nierenschale. Foto: Markus Scholz/dpa
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Why might the EU might ban vaccine exports – and how would it work?

The European Commission is proposing a new tool that could stop the export of Covid-19 vaccines that were contractually promised to the European Union, as a row with producers over lacklustre deliveries heats up.
Vials with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine against the novel coronavirus stand ready for use at the vaccination center in Pfaffenhofen, southern Germany, on January 10, 2021. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)
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Five or six doses? Controversy over Pfizer vaccine vials

Five or six doses? Pfizer says each vial of its Covid-19 vaccine contains six doses but the difficulty in obtaining that extra dose means many countries are facing a drop in supply
(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 27, 2020, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte gestures as he takes part in a press conference with the French President during a Franco-Italian summit at the Royal Palace in Naples, southern Italy. - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will resign January 26, 2021, his office said on January 25, 2021, in what media reports said was a move to secure a mandate for a new government after weeks of turmoil. A statement from Conte's office said he had called a cabinet meeting for 9:00am (0800 GMT) "during which the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, will inform the ministers of his desire to go to the Quirinale (President Sergio Mattarella's office) to resign". (Photo by Ludovic Marin / AFP)
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What’s next for Italy after PM Conte’s resignation?

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte's resignation has triggered a fresh leadership crisis with the country reeling from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 85,000 people
A nurse prepares an injection of the Sinovac's CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine as nationwide vaccination began for seniors of 75-year-old or older at Sancaktepe Education and Research Hospital, in Istanbul, on January 28, 2021. (Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP)
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‘Vaccine nationalism’: the big divide

None of the world's 29 poorest countries have started Covid-19 vaccination drives, leading to growing calls for a fair and equitable distribution of these life-saving jabs
A biochimist prepares samples as she works on a XAV-19 anti covid treatment as part of a clinical trial run at the Xenothera Biotech laboratory at Nantes University hospital, western France, on January 25, 2021. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)
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Why scientists think UK variant could be more deadly

The announcement that the coronavirus strain sweeping Britain could be more deadly as well as more transmissible has raised fresh concerns about the variant that has spread to dozens of countries