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COVID vaccine patent waiver no 'magic bullet', says EU; urges US to lift ban on exports instead
World

COVID vaccine patent waiver no 'magic bullet', says EU; urges US to lift ban on exports instead

While the US has kept a tight lid on exports so it can inoculate its own population first, the EU has become the world’s leading provider, allowing about as many doses to go outside the 27-nation bloc as are kept for its 446 million inhabitants

COVID-19 news: India records 3.49L new cases; US, UK, Germany offer support and supplies
India

COVID-19 news: India records 3.49L new cases; US, UK, Germany offer support and supplies

For the fourth day in a row, West Bengal registered its highest single-day spike of 15,889 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, pushing the tally to 7,43,950, t

European Super League: European Commission vice-president says breakaway league threatens continental values
Sports

European Super League: European Commission vice-president says breakaway league threatens continental values

"We must defend a values-driven European model of sport based on diversity and inclusion," EU commissioner Margaritis Schinas said on Twitter after the clubs' announcement.

Popularity of shows like Netflix's Lupin, along with EU rules, bolsters European content into mainstream Hollywood
Entertainment

Popularity of shows like Netflix's Lupin, along with EU rules, bolsters European content into mainstream Hollywood

Netflix has 100 films and series in various stages of production across the European Union with production teams and senior executives hard at work in France, Spain, Germany and Italy

'Tit-for-tat': EU hits China with sanctions over Uighur crackdown; Beijing responds with ban on officials' entry
World

'Tit-for-tat': EU hits China with sanctions over Uighur crackdown; Beijing responds with ban on officials' entry

The EU was joined by US and Canada in blacklisting former and current officials in the Xinjiang region over alleged abuses against Muslim minorities

WHO refutes safety fears over AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after several nations suspend rollout
World

WHO refutes safety fears over AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after several nations suspend rollout

The WHO, which said its vaccines advisory committee was examining the safety data coming in, stressed that no causal link has been established between the vaccine and clotting

EU drug regulator approves J&J's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for adults
World

EU drug regulator approves J&J's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for adults

The European Medicines Agency said it was recommending the COVID-19 jab for those over 18 “after a thorough evaluation” found it met the criteria for efficacy, safety and quality

Italy to become first EU nation to produce Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine
World

Italy to become first EU nation to produce Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine

Italy's move comes as other EU members have have decided not to wait for the EU's own regulator, European Medicines Agency, to grant its approval for Sputnik V

Microsoft, EU publishers push for Australia-like system to make big tech platforms pay for news
News & Analysis

Microsoft, EU publishers push for Australia-like system to make big tech platforms pay for news

Microsoft will be working with EU on a solution to “mandate payments” for use of news content from online “gatekeepers with dominant market power.”

Estonia report: Russia bets on COVID-19 weakening the West for own rise in international affairs
World

Estonia report: Russia bets on COVID-19 weakening the West for own rise in international affairs

Estonia’s foreign intelligence agency said in a report that 2021 will again see Russian influence operations designed to create and deepen divides within and between Western societies, including at the EU level

Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, other British actors criticise post-Brexit visa rules, says it's a 'crisis' for touring artists
Entertainment

Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, other British actors criticise post-Brexit visa rules, says it's a 'crisis' for touring artists

In a letter from the actors’ union, more than 100 UK performers said post-Brexit immigration rules meant “we have to pay hundreds of pounds, fill in form after form and spend weeks waiting for approval - just so we can do our jobs.”

Polluters must join ‘net zero' emissions club before Glasgow Summit in November: UN chief
World

Polluters must join ‘net zero' emissions club before Glasgow Summit in November: UN chief

Gutteres urges major industrialized countries to phase out their use of coal – a key source of carbon emissions – by 2030.

Germany threatens legal action as tensions rise between EU and AstraZeneca over COVID-19 vaccine delays
World

Germany threatens legal action as tensions rise between EU and AstraZeneca over COVID-19 vaccine delays

AstraZeneca has said that for now it can only deliver a quarter of the doses originally promised to the EU for the first quarter of the year because of issues at one of its European factories

France shuts borders to non-EU countries to halt spread of new COVID-19 variants
World

France shuts borders to non-EU countries to halt spread of new COVID-19 variants

All travelers from EU countries, except for cross-border workers, will have to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country, said French prime minister Jean Castex

Irked by slow EU rollout, Hungary approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus
World

Irked by slow EU rollout, Hungary approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus

The vaccine, Sputnik V, received a six-month authorisation Wednesday from Hungary’s National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition, institute director Matyas Szentivanyi told public television

Germany extends lockdown till 31 Jan, imposes stricter limits to curb high infection rates
World

Germany extends lockdown till 31 Jan, imposes stricter limits to curb high infection rates

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that restrictions on social contacts will be tightened. People will be allowed to meet only one person outside their own household

EU still holds out on granting approval to Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine
science

EU still holds out on granting approval to Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is undergoing a "rolling review" where EMA examines safety, efficacy data, before a formal application for authorisation is filed by the manufacturer.

'Taken control of our destiny', says Boris Johnson after UK, EU sign historic post-Brexit trade deal after months
World

'Taken control of our destiny', says Boris Johnson after UK, EU sign historic post-Brexit trade deal after months

The deal ensures the two sides can continue to trade in goods without tariffs or quotas. But key aspects of the future relationship between the 27-nation bloc and its former member remain uncertain

Premier League: Pros and cons for English clubs of Brexit rules decoded
Sports

Premier League: Pros and cons for English clubs of Brexit rules decoded

From 1 January, a points-based system will be in place, meaning players from the European Union will now need to gain a Governing Body Endorsement, subjecting them to the same criteria as other overseas players.

Struck by new COVID-19 strain, Britain finds itself isolated and uncertain ahead of Brexit
World

Struck by new COVID-19 strain, Britain finds itself isolated and uncertain ahead of Brexit

On an island nation that relies heavily on its commercial links to Europe, the travel bans announced by its neighbours, most importantly France, have stoked fears of food shortages over Christmastime