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 nurse helps a patient who recovered from Covid-19 at a rehabilitation center in Crema, southeast of Milan. Photo: Miguel Medina/ AFP
A nurse helps a patient who recovered fr... […]

1 in 3 Covid survivors suffer long-term health issues: review

What is 'Long Covid'? At least one in three patients hospitalised with Covid-19 suffer long-term health issues, according to a review of studies looking at the lasting impact of the disease
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