# Health

View of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, in Cusco, Peru during its reopening ceremony on November 01, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu reopened on Sunday in the framework of a gradual decrease in COVID-19 contagions in Peru, after remaining empty almost eight months, affecting the tourism sector severely
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Covid-19 prompts rethink of mass tourism

The coronavirus pandemic has forced famous tourist destinations to question their business model, though economic realities are likely to stand in the way of major changes
A vial of the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine is held up at the Pontcae Medical Practice in Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales on January 4, 2021. Photo: Geoff Caddick / AFP
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EU warns AstraZeneca over vaccine delivery delay

The European Union has issued an angry warning to pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca over its unexpected delay in delivering millions of doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to the bloc
A sign is seen in the window of a shop explaining to customers that it has temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak in Portobello Market in west London on June 1, 2020, following the easing of the lockdown restrictions during the novel coronavirus pandemic. - Some non-essential stores, car dealerships and outdoor markets in Britain on June 1 were able to reopen from their COVID-19 shutdown in an easing of coronavirus lockdown measures. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
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World lost equivalent of 255 million jobs in 2020: UN

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a huge toll on global jobs, with a new study by the United Nations estimating that the equivalent of 255 million jobs were lost last year
Surgeon Pierre-Yves Demoulin receives a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine during a vaccination campaign at the "Centre Hospitalier Bretagne Atlantique" (CHBA) hospital on January 7, 2021, in Vannes, western France, as part of France's national vaccination campaign to fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)
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No Europe deaths directly tied to Covid jabs: experts

Despite dozens of deaths of people shortly after they were vaccinated against coronavirus, scientists say the evidence available so far does not incriminate the new anti-Covid vaccines
An elderly woman receives an injection of a Covid-19 vaccine at the Haut L'Eveque hospital in Pessac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, on January 18, 2021, during a Covid-19 vaccination campaign for people over 75. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)
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Covid-19 vaccines: 40 million doses worldwide

More than 40 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines have been given around the world according to an AFP count, with Israel topping the global table. 
Jytte Margrete Frederiksen (83) is being vaccinated as one of the first Danes in Ishoj, Denmark on, December 27, 2020, as Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen follows the innoculation via videolink from her residence Marienborg. - The European Union began a vaccine rollout, even as countries in the bloc were forced back into lockdown by a new strain of the virus, believed to be more infectious, that continues to spread from Britain. The pandemic has claimed more than 1.7 million lives and is still running rampant in much of the world, but the recent launching of innoculation campaigns has boosted hopes that 2021 could bring a respite. (Photo by Mads Claus Rasmussen / AFP)
Jytte Margrete Frederiksen (83) is being […]

Denmark leads EU in Covid vaccinations with smooth roll-out

Denmark leads the EU in vaccinations against the novel coronavirus thanks to a swift and smooth roll-out, and even more people would have got the jab if it had more available doses
Scientists at deCODE genetics are seen working in the laboratorium in Reykjavik, Iceland on January 12, 2021. - Scientists in the laboratory of deCODE Genetics in Reykjavik work to sequence every single positive sample from those taking Covid-19 tests to determine both its strain and origin, making Iceland one of the world leaders in sequencing SARS-CoV-2. (Photo by Halldor KOLBEINS / AFP)
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Gene-mapping champion Iceland leads the way in Covid sequencing

Iceland has genetically sequenced all its positive Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, an increasingly vital practice as worrying new strains emerge from Britain and South Africa
A woman wearing a face mask as a precaution against the transmission of the novel coronavirus walks past a store in Dublin on October 21, 2020 as Ireland prepares to enter a second national lockdown to stem the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19. - Millions of people in Ireland were getting set for a second national lockdown on October 21, the first European country to take the drastic step as the continent battles a persistent surge in coronavirus cases. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)
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How Ireland became ‘most infectious’ coronavirus country

In the midst of a third wave of coronavirus infections, Ireland now holds the unhappy title of the nation with the highest transmission rate in the world.
A district nurse is administered the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the hospital in Chartres, central France, on January 9, 2021. Photo: Jean-Francois Monier / AFP
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Europe vaccine rollout shifts up a gear as supply worries linger

France and Russia prepare to beef up their coronavirus inoculation programmes, even as authorities seek to allay concerns about vaccine supplies while the global pandemic shows no sign of abating
This handout illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the National Institutes of Health shows a transmission electron microscopic image that shows SARS-CoV-2óalso known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the US, emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. - 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 / National Institutes of Health / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH/NIAID-RML/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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New virus mutation raises vaccine questions

The British coronavirus variant has increased transmissibility, but other mutations are provoking concern among scientists who are scrambling to work out if they will still respond to vaccines.