#Ursula von der Leyen

Joe Biden (centre) is flanked by Ursula von der Leyen (left) and Charles Michel ahead of the EU-US summit in Brussels. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
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US, EU strike Airbus-Boeing deal, turn to China ‘challenges’

US President Joe Biden and the EU have agreed a long-term truce in the 17-year-old Airbus-Boeing feud, putting aside their own disputes to take on a rising China
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
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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
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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
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a speech at the European Parliament on the EU's vaccine strategy, in Brussels, on February 10, 2021. Photo: Johanna Geron / Pool / AFP
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Vaccine production must catch up to science: von der Leyen

Europe's race to manufacture Covid-19 vaccines must accelerate to catch up to scientific breakthroughs and outpace emerging variants, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen says
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a press conference during a plenary session at the EU Parliament in Brussels on January 20, 2021. Photo: John Thys / AFP
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Vaccine storm engulfs EU chief von der Leyen

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen faces the deepest political crisis of her mandate so far, under intense fire over delayed vaccine deliveries and the bungled roll-out of export controls
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen talks on the inauguration of the new President of the United States and the current political situation during a plenary session at the EU Parliament in Brussels on January 20, 2021. Photo: John Thys / AFP
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EU chiefs express relief as ‘friend’ replaces Trump

The European Union's top officials express relief that they will again have a 'friend' in the White House as Joe Biden replaces Donald Trump as US president
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 24, 2020 a person unpacks a special refrigerated box of Moderna Covid-19 at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) in Boston, Massachusetts. - A Washington law student ended up getting more than just groceries during a recent supermarket trip, after randomly receiving a Covid-19 vaccination. David MacMillan and his friend were at a Giant Food store in the US capital last week and were surprised when a worker in the supermarket's pharmacy section offered them each a shot. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)
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EU watchdog backs second coronavirus vaccine

The EU's drug regulator has approved the Moderna coronavirus jab, the bloc's second and a shot in the arm for Europe's slow-moving vaccine roll-out