Coronavirus

Europe put to the test by the pandemic
The European continent has become the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is testing the health systems and economies of EU member states, European solidarity and the functioning of the Schengen Area. It forces citizens to adopt new ways of living and working.
In this photograph taken on July 15, 2020 doctors and nurses wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits look after a COVID-19 coronavirus patient at the Intensive Care Unit of the Sharda Hospital, in Greater Noida. - Coronavirus cases in India passed one million on July 17, official data showed as authorities struggle to check the spread of the deadly pandemic across the world's second-most populous nation. (Photo by XAVIER GALIANA / AFP)
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Contagious and concerning: What we know about Covid-19 variants

Fast-spreading coronavirus variants have ignited global concern over whether existing vaccines will be able to protect the world from a virus that is constantly mutating
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
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
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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
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