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#Health

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
Portugal PM Antonio Costa (L), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (C) and European Parliament President David Sassoli pictured after signing the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility document, designed to help the bloc with the economic impact of COVID-19, at the European Parliament building in Brussels on February 12, 2021. Photo: Olivier Matthys / Pool / AFP
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Europe’s Covid recovery fund starts to fall into place

Negotiations were difficult and the plan got off to a slow start, but Europe's huge post-coronavirus recovery fund may make its first payments in July after two important obstacles were passed
A vial of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Chicago, Illinois, on March 5, 2021. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP
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Clot questions over J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) says blood clots should be listed as a "very rare" side effect of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. What we know about the jab and similar AstraZeneca shot:
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
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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
Since the end of Spain's first national lockdown in June last year, Madrid has kept its doors firmly open to foreign visitors. Photo: Gabriel Bouys / AFP
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Madrid: Haven for fun-starved Europeans… but locals can’t leave

With bars and restaurants open and an 11:00 pm curfew, Madrid has become a haven for leisure-starved Europeans in a reality that has rankled residents who remain restricted from leaving the region