# Britain

A healthcare worker wishes farewell to a patient at the Portimao Arena sports pavilion converted in a field hospital for Covid-19 patients at Portimao, in the Algarve region, on February 9, 2021. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)
A healthcare worker wishes farewell to a […]

Europe plays safe with virus curbs, fearing new variants

While some European countries are seeing virus cases fall, most are keeping national curbs in place, fearing new more infectious variants could cause infections to soar
Lorries from Scottish seafood companies drive past the Houses of Parliament in London a protest action by fishermen against post-Brexit red tape and coronavirus restrictions, which they say could threaten the future of the industry, on January 18, 2021. Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP
Lorries from Scottish seafood companies […]

Scottish seafood sector takes Brexit protests to London

Scottish fishermen and seafood exporters rally in central London, parking slogan-bearing lorries near parliament in protest at post-Brexit rules they say are threatening the industry's future
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
A district nurse is administered the Pfi […]

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.
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
Lorries disembark a ferry at the Port of Dover, southeast England on January 1, 2021. Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP
Lorries disembark a ferry at the Port of […]

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
"To me, Brexit means logistical chaos, which will hinder our work," says Bulgarian truck driver Dimitar Velinov. Photo: Nikolay Doychinov / AFP
"To me, Brexit means logistical chaos, w […]

Trucker, fisherman, scientist… the voices of Brexit

They transport goods from Europe to Britain, export British produce to the EU, or recruit scientists and researchers... AFP has spoken to six people whose lives will be directly affected by Brexit
The warehouse of logistics platform 2XL in Zeebrugge that delivers groceries to UK retailers from the Belgian port, pictured on December 14, 2020. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
The warehouse of logistics platform 2XL […]

EU suppliers race food to UK ahead of Brexit deadline

In the port of Zeebrugge, robot lift-trucks are working flat out to stockpile and ship Europe's biggest brands to UK supermarkets before the New Year Brexit deadline heralds new trade barriers