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The power plant "Weisweiler" run by brown coal from an open cast mine is pictured on October 2, 2015 in Weisweiler, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo by PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP)
The power plant "Weisweiler" run by brow […]

Reducing air pollution ‘could prevent 50,000 EU deaths’

Limiting air pollution to levels recommended by the World Health Organization could prevent more than 50,000 deaths in Europe annually, according to a new study that calls for urgent action
Scientists at deCODE genetics are seen working in the laboratorium in Reykjavik, Iceland on January 12, 2021. - Scientists in the laboratory of deCODE Genetics in Reykjavik work to sequence every single positive sample from those taking Covid-19 tests to determine both its strain and origin, making Iceland one of the world leaders in sequencing SARS-CoV-2. (Photo by Halldor KOLBEINS / AFP)
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Gene-mapping champion Iceland leads the way in Covid sequencing

Iceland has genetically sequenced all its positive Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, an increasingly vital practice as worrying new strains emerge from Britain and South Africa
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is prepared at an EHPAD (care homes and day centres for elderly people) in Bobigny, a northeastern suburbs of Paris on December 30, 2020. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)
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Pressure grows on Macron over French vaccination ‘fiasco’

French President Emmanuel Macron is under growing pressure to accelerate the country's sluggish Covid-19 vaccination drive which has seen just a few hundred people receive the jab
"To me, Brexit means logistical chaos, which will hinder our work," says Bulgarian truck driver Dimitar Velinov. Photo: Nikolay Doychinov / AFP
"To me, Brexit means logistical chaos, w […]

Trucker, fisherman, scientist… the voices of Brexit

They transport goods from Europe to Britain, export British produce to the EU, or recruit scientists and researchers... AFP has spoken to six people whose lives will be directly affected by Brexit
Minks are pictured in their cages at a fur farm on May 1, 2019 in Brumunddal, Norway. - The Norwegian parliament will in June adopt new legislation immediately banning any new fur farms and requiring existing farms to be dismantled by February 1, 2025. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)
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Scientists on guard over ‘mutant’ mink coronavirus

Coronavirus transmission from minks to humans does not necessarily mean the disease will become more dangerous, but scientists are closely monitoring the situation in Denmark
Health worker and volunteer Paulo Roberto Oliveira receives a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech at the Sao Lucas Hospital, in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil on August 08, 2020. - The vaccine trial is being carried out in Brazil in partnership with Brazilian Research Institute Butanta. (Photo by SILVIO AVILA / AFP)
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In race for vaccine, safety trumps speed

The halting of clinical trials for one of the most advanced experimental Covid-19 vaccines shows the importance of safety in developing new medicines, experts say
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 2, 2020 a hospital staff stands in front of 'Mitra', a robot equipped with a thermal camera installed to register and conduct preliminary screening of patients before directing them to respective medical specialists to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, at Fortis hospital in Bangalore. (Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP)
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Robots: allies during virus crisis, enemies later?

When human contact needs to be kept to a minimum, robots can save lives and factories. But when the coronavirus crisis is over, will they amplify job losses?
Funeral service workers Howard Jackson (L) and Wesley Weibrecht (C) prepare to load the coffin of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 into a hearse at their funeral home in Manchester, northern England on May 26, 2020. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP
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Why does the UK have Europe’s highest official coronavirus toll?

While the British government insists it has been "guided by the science" and taken "the right decisions at the right time", the toll of 42,000 coronavirus deaths has fuelled criticism
Medical staff work past a patient at a level intensive care unit for patients contaminated with coronavirus COVID-19 of Louis Pasteur Hospital in Colmar, eastern France on March 26, 2020, after a strict lockdown came into effect to stop the spread of the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)
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Coronavirus intensive care — what is involved?

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the work of intensive care units where the most severe cases of COVID-19 receive help to breathe
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