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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
Former head of the BCE (European Central Bank) Mario Draghi (C) gives a press conference after a meeting with the Italian president, at the Quirinal palace in Rome, on February 3, 2021. - Italy's president is expected February 3, to ask Mario Draghi, the former head of the European Central Bank, to lead the country out of the devastating coronavirus pandemic after the coalition government collapsed. He called for unity after being charged by Italy's president to form a new government, saying the country faced a "difficult moment". (Photo by Alessandra TARANTINO / POOL / AFP)
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Five things about Italy’s political crisis

Former ECB chief Mario Draghi has been tasked with forming a new Italian government after weeks of turmoil. Here are five things to know about the political crisis engulfing the country
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