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European countries divided on COVID-19 vaccine

European countries divided on COVID-19 vaccineEuropean countries have been divided in their responses to concerns over the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine (COVID-19), with Germany and Poland continuing to use the vaccine while Bulgaria has joined the ranks of those who have stopped using the vaccine. use it temporarily. Jens Spahn, the German Minister of Health has criticized the suspension of the use of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in some countries, saying: “the benefit is far greater than the risk”. Denmark and several other European countries had previously suspended use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after reports of severe cases of blood clots in people who received it. After consulting with experts from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Spahn said he could confidently say that there was no noticeable accumulation of thrombosis cases related to vaccination. “I regret that some countries in the European Union have suspended vaccination with AstraZeneca,” he said. The president of the German Robert […]

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Tanzania tries to bring back contraband chameleons seized in Austria

Tanzania tries to bring back contraband chameleons seized in AustriaTanzanian authorities said on Saturday they had initiated a process to return contraband chameleons seized in Austria in January. Allan Kijazi, deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, said the government has started enforcing permits from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to bring back chameleons. “CITES has a mandate to allow us to bring back the chameleons. “I hope the permits will be issued soon,” Kijazi told Xinhua in a telephone interview. The official added that two Tanzanians were arrested by police for trafficking chameleons in Austria as investigations continued. “The local police, in collaboration with the International Criminal Police Organization, are still pursuing a syndicate of criminals involved in the smuggling of chameleons,” Kizaji said. On January 26, the director of wildlife at the Department of Natural Resources and Tourism, Maurus Msuha, said the government had […]

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Israel, Denmark, Austria Agree Deal For Vaccine Development

  Leaders from Israel, Austria and Denmark announced Thursday in Jerusalem an alliance for the development and production of future generation coronavirus vaccines, a deal that has already sparked criticism in Europe. The three countries will launch “a research and development fund” and begin “joint efforts for common production of future vaccines”, Israeli Prime Minister … Continue reading Israel, Denmark, Austria Agree Deal For Vaccine Development Read Full Story

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Austria Bets On Millions Of Tests To Contain COVID-19

  While Austria has struggled to contain the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, it is fast emerging as a world leader in testing as a way to reopen schools and businesses. The small nation with a population of just under nine million tested three million people last week alone, with the mass-testing strategy forming … Continue reading Austria Bets On Millions Of Tests To Contain COVID-19 Read Full Story

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Red Cross to help 500 million get Covid shots

Red Cross to help 500 million get Covid shotsThe Red Cross launched a plan Thursday to help vaccinate 500 million people against Covid-19 in over 100 countries, warning that leaving out the world’s poorest could seriously backfire. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it would throw its weight into the distribution and acceptance of vaccines among some of the hardest-to-reach communities. The Geneva-based IFRC said it would spend 100 million Swiss francs ($111 million, 92.5 million euros) on the push and was already working with governments in more than 60 countries to see where its help could be the most effective. x “The current lack of equity in the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines is alarming and could backfire to deadly and devastating effect,” IFRC secretary general Jagan Chapagain told reporters. He said nearly 70 percent of vaccine doses administered so far had been in the world’s 50 richest countries while only 0.1 percent […]

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Austrians Defy Ban To Protest COVID-19 Restrictions

  Around 5,000 people defied a ban to march Sunday in Vienna in protest against a curfew and lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. The march was organised by the far-right FPOe party, and many participants ignored government regulations on mask wearing and the respect for minimum distances from each other. Neo-nazi militants … Continue reading Austrians Defy Ban To Protest COVID-19 Restrictions Read Full Story