# Disease

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)
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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
A person is vaccinated with an injection of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at the first Covid-19 vaccination center in Belgium on February 2, 2020 in Brussels, amid the crisis linked with the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)
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More than 100 million vaccinated worldwide

More than 100 million Covid-19 vaccines have been given around the world, an AFP tally has found, but none of the world's 29 poorest countries has formally started mass vaccination drives
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 17, 2020 An illustration picture shows a drop from a syringe with the logo of British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Drugs company AstraZeneca and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on January 28, 2021 defended the effectiveness of its Covid-19 vaccine after regulators in Germany said it should not be given to over 65s. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)
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Questions surround AstraZeneca vaccine use for elderly

The subject of a sometimes acrimonious row between the EU and Britain, the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has also fuelled debate over its effectiveness among the elderly
This picture taken on January 5, 2021, in Paris, shows figurines and a syringe to illustrate people receiving Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) vaccinations. - EU nations started their Covid-19 vaccination campaigns with their most vulnerable groups on December 27, 2020, as a new coronavirus variant spread internationally and the WHO warned the current pandemic will not be the last. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)
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Covid vaccine rollout urgent as new strains take hold

The international spread of more infectious coronavirus strains has made inoculating a maximum number of people as quickly as possible more urgent than ever, experts say
Eine Spritze mit Impfstoff gegen das Corona-Virus SARS-CoV-2 liegt im Corona-Impfzentrum Hamburg in einer Edelstahl-Nierenschale. Foto: Markus Scholz/dpa
Eine Spritze mit Impfstoff gegen das Cor […]

Why might the EU might ban vaccine exports – and how would it work?

The European Commission is proposing a new tool that could stop the export of Covid-19 vaccines that were contractually promised to the European Union, as a row with producers over lacklustre deliveries heats up.