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A nurse goes to check on a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit of the Timone hospital in Marseille, southern France on January 5, 2022. Photo: Nicolas Tucat / AFP
A nurse goes to check on a Covid-19 pati... […]

Omicron less severe but still a threat to health systems

Omicron is causing record numbers of cases around the world, and though it causes less severe Covid-19 experts warn this wave still threatens to overwhelm health systems
A bottle label reading "Vaccine Covid-19" next to US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German biotech company BioNTech logos in a picture taken on November 23, 2020. Photo: Joel Saget / AFP
A bottle label reading "Vaccine Covid-19... […]

EU regulator defends vaccine rules as Britain OKs jab

The EU's medicines regulator insists it has the "most appropriate" method to approve a coronavirus vaccine, after Britain became the first Western country to give one the green light
A medical worker holds a swab as he performs a rapid "antigen" coronavirus test on a man at Villa Mafalfa clinic in Rome In this file photo taken on November 6, 2020. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli / AFP
A medical worker holds a swab as he perf... […]

Italy’s trailblazing rapid tests fail to halt virus

Italy was the first European country to bet big on rapid "antigen" tests, which are around 80 to 90% accurate, but they have not stopped case numbers rocketing to more than 35,000 a day
A medical worker puts on his personal protective equipment before working at the intensive care unit for patients infected with Covid-19 at The University Hospital Centre in Liege, Belgium, on October 22, 2020. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
A medical worker puts on his personal pr... […]

‘Trench warfare’ in Liege, Europe’s new virus front

Shell-shocked hospital staff, some of whom have tested positive for the coronavirus, are fighting a losing battle in the Belgian city of Liege against Europe's second wave of Covid-19
Air pollution obscures the view of the London Eye in central London on April 9, 2015. Photo: Ben Fathers / AFP
Air pollution obscures the view of the L... […]

Air pollution costs Europe’s cities 160bn euros a year: analysis

Air pollution costs inhabitants of European cities more than 160 billion euros ($190 billion) each year due to long- and short-term health impacts, a group of environmental and social watchdogs say
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