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January 2021

A shopper carries purchases after leaving a branch of clothing and food retailer Marks and Spencer in central London on August 18, 2020. Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP
A shopper carries purchases after leavin... […]

Brexit deal’s ‘rules of origin’ spark trade confusion

Many British businesses are swiftly discovering that they must now pay duties on exports bound for the European Union, despite the breakthrough Brexit free trade deal clinched over Christmas
FILED - Germany's Merkel says she misses personal contact with colleagues. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa-pool/dpa - only for use in accordance with contractual agreement
FILED - Germany's Merkel says she misses... […]

Big shoes to fill: Germany faces the unknown as Merkel leaves stage

Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany and a towering stateswoman on the international stage, is set to retire from politics this year. Germany must find a successor, but the path forward remains far from clear.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 24, 2020 a person unpacks a special refrigerated box of Moderna Covid-19 at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) in Boston, Massachusetts. - A Washington law student ended up getting more than just groceries during a recent supermarket trip, after randomly receiving a Covid-19 vaccination. David MacMillan and his friend were at a Giant Food store in the US capital last week and were surprised when a worker in the supermarket's pharmacy section offered them each a shot. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)
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EU watchdog backs second coronavirus vaccine

The EU's drug regulator has approved the Moderna coronavirus jab, the bloc's second and a shot in the arm for Europe's slow-moving vaccine roll-out
This handout illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the coronavirus,COVID-19. - President Donald Trump has played down fears of a major coronavirus outbreak in the United States, even as infections ricochet around the world, prompting a ban on pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. China is no longer the only breeding ground for the deadly virus as countries fret over possible contagion coming from other hotbeds of infection, including Iran, South Korea and Italy. There are now more daily cases being recorded outside China than inside the country, where the virus first emerged in December, according to the World Health Organization. (Photo by Handout / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION(CDC)/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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What we do and don’t know about new Covid mutations

The emergence of two new variants of Sars-CoV-2, which are potentially far more infectious versions of the virus, has prompted widespread concern. This is what we know about the mutations.
Alors qu'un premier vaccin contre le Covid-19 a été autorisé dans l'UE, que va-t-il se passer en France avant les premières vaccinations ?
Alors qu'un premier vaccin contre le Cov... […]

German government criticized for slow pace of vaccination drive

Germany lags far behind other countries when it comes to vaccinating citizens. There are proposals for a conference with pharmaceutical companies to create opportunities to increase production alongside BionTech and Pfizer.
A syringe and a bottle reading "Vaccine Covid-19" pictured next to the Moderna biotech company logo in a file photo taken on November 18, 2020. Photo: Joel Saget / AFP
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No EU decision on Moderna shot as blame game mounts

The EU's drugs watchdog has held off authorising Moderna's coronavirus jab despite bringing forward a special meeting, as criticism mounts of the bloc's slow vaccine roll-out
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is prepared at an EHPAD (care homes and day centres for elderly people) in Bobigny, a northeastern suburbs of Paris on December 30, 2020. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 v... […]

Pressure grows on Macron over French vaccination ‘fiasco’

French President Emmanuel Macron is under growing pressure to accelerate the country's sluggish Covid-19 vaccination drive which has seen just a few hundred people receive the jab
Lorries disembark a ferry at the Port of Dover, southeast England on January 1, 2021. Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP
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UK’s Brexit plans to be tested as festive period ends

Britain faces the first true test of its Brexit preparations, with thousands of lorries set to make the Channel crossing for the first time since the country left the EU's single market and customs union