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European Council chief Charles Michel said the bloc was ready to discuss a US offer to suspend patent protection on vaccines -- once the details are clear. Photo: Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP
European Council chief Charles Michel sa... […]

EU invites ‘concrete’ US plan on lifting vaccine patents

Europe has passed the ball back to Washington in a debate over Covid vaccine patents, pushing the US for a concrete proposal and a commitment to export much-needed jabs
A passenger shows her Covid-19 test certificate on a platform of a train station in Milan on April 16, 2021, as the first Covid-free 'Frecciarossa' train prepares to run on the Milan-Rome route. Photo: Piero Cruciatti / AFP
A passenger shows her Covid-19 test cert... […]

EU inches closer to Covid certificate for travel

The European Parliament has agreed its position on how a Covid certificate should work, bringing the EU closer to launching a document to open up travel within the bloc
An iAccess ScanFACE control biometric terminal with facial recognition and body temperature control pictured at the Colosseum in Rome on June 1, 2020
An iAccess ScanFACE control biometric te... […]

EU unveils ‘landmark’ AI rules to curb Big Brother fears

The EU unveils a plan to regulate the sprawling field of artificial intelligence, aimed at easing public fears of Big Brother-like abuses by imposing checks on technology deemed "high-risk"
A sign reading 'Special hygiene measures - UK Mutant', referring to the B117 Covid strain, in an intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital in Freising, southern Germany on April 12, 2021. Photo: Lennart Preiss / AFP
A sign reading 'Special hygiene measures... […]

Pandemic hits ‘critical point’ as Europe deaths top one million

Europe has passed the grim milestone of one million coronavirus deaths, as the WHO warned that infections are rising exponentially despite widespread efforts aimed at stopping them
Based on the most recent data, someone getting the AstraZeneca vaccine stands a 1-in-153,000 chance of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST). Photo: Martin Bureau / AFP
Based on the most recent data, someone g... […]

AstraZeneca vaccine: what we know and what we don’t

A European Medicines Agency recommendation that a type of blood clot should be listed as a "very rare side effect" of the AstraZeneca jab stopped just short of saying there is a causal link with the vaccine