March 2021

Since the end of Spain's first national lockdown in June last year, Madrid has kept its doors firmly open to foreign visitors. Photo: Gabriel Bouys / AFP
Since the end of Spain's first national ... […]

Madrid: Haven for fun-starved Europeans… but locals can’t leave

With bars and restaurants open and an 11:00 pm curfew, Madrid has become a haven for leisure-starved Europeans in a reality that has rankled residents who remain restricted from leaving the region
A nurse takes care of a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit of the Centre Hospitalier Privé de l'Europe in Port-Marly, France, on March 25, 2021. Photo: Martin Bureau / AFP
A nurse takes care of a Covid-19 patient... […]

Pandemic upsurge hits Europe recovery hopes

An upsurge in new coronavirus cases is forcing governments across Europe into new, damaging lockdowns that threaten to delay a much hoped-for return to growth, economists say
Under the latest changes, the European Commission will weigh the vaccine needs of the destination country against those in the EU. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto / AFP
Under the latest changes, the European C... […]

EU vaccine export-vetting scheme: 5 things to know

The European Commission has toughened up its Covid-19 vaccine export vetting scheme. Here are the five main things to know about the "transparency and authorisation mechanism"
A medical worker gives the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to a patient at a vaccination centre in Vantaa, Finland, on March 11, 2021. Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva / AFP
A medical worker gives the AstraZeneca C... […]

Nordic countries play safe with AstraZeneca jab

Nordic countries were among the first to suspend use of AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine amid fears of side effects and, unlike most of the rest of Europe, they're holding off on resuming