Air pollution in the UK is at its LOWEST since records began


[ad_1] Air pollution in the UK is at the lowest since records began, according to official Government statistics.  Three of the most problematic pollutants — nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) — dropped to all-time low levels last year due to lockdown. These pollutants are spewed out in high levels by engines, […]

Vaccine passports WON’T be ready by May 17


[ad_1] Heathrow’s boss today warned of his ‘deep concerns’ about impending chaos at arrivals after it emerged covid passports will not be ready for the start of foreign holidays from May 17 and could be delayed until ‘later in the summer’. John Holland-Kaye said the Home Office and UK Border Force ‘need to get a […]

40m Britons now live in practically ‘Covid-free’ areas


[ad_1] Nearly 40million people in England live in practically ‘Covid-free’ areas, data has revealed. The UK’s hugely successful vaccine rollout and continued lockdown measures have meant that seven in ten people now live in places where two or fewer cases were recorded during the latest week. It sparks hopes that Boris Johnson will proceed with the […]

Researchers highlight need for public education on impact of algorithms — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] In a new series of experiments, artificial intelligence (A.I.) algorithms were able to influence people’s preferences for fictitious political candidates or potential romantic partners, depending on whether recommendations were explicit or covert. Ujué Agudo and Helena Matute of Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on […]

Covid: Denmark to SWAP unwanted AstraZeneca vaccine as Sweden offers alternatives to under-65s


[ad_1] Denmark is looking to swap its unwanted AstraZeneca jabs for other coronavirus vaccines owned by other countries after ditching it entirely over blood clot fears. Meanwhile, it was announced by the Swedish Health Agency on Tuesday that Swedes under 65 who have had one shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be given a different vaccine for […]

Dr MAI THI NGUYEN-KIM on the hidden chemistry that rules our lives and loves


[ad_1] As a chemist, sometimes I feel like the mother of an ugly child whose beauty only I can see ‘Chemistry’ is more than just a throwaway word when discussing relationships. In fact, it is key not only to what’s going on around us but also inside our bodies, as a compelling new book explains.  […]

Volcanic pollution return linked to jump in respiratory disease cases — ScienceDaily


[ad_1] Respiratory disease increased markedly following one of Iceland’s largest volcanic eruptions, a new study has found. And the findings could have significant implications for actions taken to protect the health of the 800 million people globally living near active volcanoes. Indeed, only last month (March), lava burst through a crack in Iceland’s Mount Fagradalsfjall […]

Delaying the second dose of Novavax’s Covid vaccine by up to 12 weeks should be ‘fine’


[ad_1] Professor Paul Heath said a 12-week dosing gap would most likely not make the Novavax jab less effective Novavax’s Covid vaccine will ‘probably’ still be effective if the second dose is delayed by up to 12 weeks, according to its lead researcher. Professor Paul Heath argued that ‘basic immunological principles’ suggested the longer gap […]

EU approaches India for 10m doses of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine as Delhi blocks UK jabs shipment


[ad_1] The European Union has approached India in a bid to buy 10million doses of the AstraZeneca jab from its Serum Institute, as the bloc desperately scrambles to procure more vaccine supplies.  Britain has already blamed India’s export ban for delaying the shipment of five million doses to the UK and restricting the country’s vaccine […]

UK taxpayers pumped £21m in to fitting out Dutch vaccine factory that EU have now blocked


[ad_1] No10 was today urged to consider asking for a refund of the £21million it invested into fitting out a Dutch factory to make AstraZeneca jabs, if the EU presses ahead with its threat to impose an export ban. Health Secretary Matt Hancock approved the multi-million pound investment in the Halix factory in Leiden with […]

AstraZeneca’s vaccine contract with the UK is based on ‘best efforts,’ just like its deal with a frustrated EU


[ad_1] British officials had earlier declined to provide the contract to CNN, making no mention of the redacted version, and have repeatedly refused to give details on the country’s vaccine supplies, citing “security reasons.” A junior UK government minister said in a recent interview that publishing the contract would risk national security. Yet in response […]

China, not the United States, is now Europe’s biggest trading partner for goods


[ad_1] Data released this week by the European Union’s statistics service attributed the shift to a 5.6% increase in imports from China in 2020 and a 2.2% increase in exports. Meanwhile, there was a “significant drop” in trade with the United States, with imports plunging 13.2% and exports falling 8.2%. The overall value of EU-China […]

Last-ditch push as Britain, EU resume Brexit trade talks in Brussels


[ad_1] Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 11:46 British and European Union negotiators will meet in Brussels on Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to strike a post-Brexit trade deal before a transition agreement ends on Dec. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke on Saturday and instructed their teams […]

Covid ‘Long-Haulers’ Need Medical Attention, Experts Urge


[ad_1] Dr. John Brooks, the chief medical officer of the C.D.C.’s Covid response, the co-chairman with Dr. Haag of one session, said he expected long-term post-Covid symptoms would affect “on the order of tens of thousands in the United States and possibly hundreds of thousands.” He added, “If you were to ask me what do […]

Closed French ski resorts cry ‘catastrophe’ as neighbours keep slopes open


[ad_1] A European dispute on the wisdom of opening ski resorts amid the Covid-19 pandemic has turned into a battle pitting France, Italy and Germany – whose slopes remain shut – against the defiant Alpine nations of Switzerland and Austria, backed by Spain. France’s flag still flutters above the entrance to Châtel’s town hall, but […]

EU fines Teva over delaying cheap sleep disorder drug


[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain European Union regulators fined Israeli drug-maker Teva on Thursday for colluding to delay a cheaper generic version of modafinil, a blockbuster sleep disorder drug. The European Commission said Teva was in breach of EU antitrust rules after it effectively agreed with drug-maker Cephalon, a company it now owns, to keep […]

France to ease lockdown as world ramps up vaccine preparations


[ad_1] Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain France on Tuesday was set to become the latest country to ease coronavirus restrictions in the run-up to Christmas, as Russia joined in a flurry of encouraging announcements about possible vaccines. In an evening television address, French President Emmanuel Macron was also expected to announce a strategy for procuring vaccines […]

EU strikes deal with Moderna for up to 160 million vaccine doses


[ad_1] Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 13:24 The European Union has reached a deal with US biotech firm Moderna for the supply of up to 160 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, the president of the European Commission said on Tuesday.  The deal will be formally approved by the EU executive on Wednesday, said European Commission […]

Bill Gates, the Virus and the Quest to Vaccinate the World


[ad_1] So far, it has pulled in only $3.6 billion in funding for research, manufacturing and subsidies for poor countries. Three companies have promised to deliver vaccines, but it is not yet known whether they will be effective. And it may be difficult to secure the necessary billions of doses in an affordable, timely way […]

G20 to back ‘equitable’ access to coronavirus vaccine


[ad_1] Saudi Arabia hosts a G20 summit in a first for an Arab nation, with the virtual forum dominated by efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and the worst global recession in decades G20 leaders will pledge to “spare no effort” in ensuring the equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines worldwide and reaffirm support for debt-laden […]

Coronavirus pandemic, economic crisis set to dominate Saudi-hosted G20 summit


[ad_1] Issued on: 21/11/2020 – 07:42 Saudi Arabia hosts the G20 summit Saturday in a first for an Arab nation, with the downsized virtual forum dominated by efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and a crippling economic crisis. The two-day meeting of the world’s wealthiest nations comes as President Donald Trump refuses to concede a […]

Covid-19 vaccine: the next steps


[ad_1] Pfizer and BioNTech have applied for an emergency use authorization request for a coronavirus vaccine With US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech applying for an emergency use authorization in the United States for their coronavirus vaccine and US biotech company Moderna expected to do so soon, here are the next steps […]

EU talks fail to break budget deadlock after Poland, Hungary veto


[ad_1] Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 05:48 European Union leaders made no progress Thursday toward resolving a dispute to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and pandemic recovery package which is held up by Poland’s and Hungary’s rejection of a linkage between rule of law standards and budget disbursements. Instead, they were happy to hand […]

Poland, Hungary veto EU budget over new rules linking funding to rule of law


[ad_1] Issued on: 17/11/2020 – 07:40 Poland and Hungary on Monday vetoed the European Union’s next seven-year budget and a massive coronavirus recovery plan due to a new mechanism that links EU funding to the rule of law, plunging the 27-nation bloc into a political crisis. The 1.8 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) budget for 2021-2027 […]

EU hopes to distribute Covid-19 vaccine in months, cases surge in Italy


[ad_1] The European Union expressed hope Wednesday that it could start vaccinating people against the novel coronavirus as early as next year, as Italy recorded more than one million cases and Britain said its death toll has surpassed the 50,000 mark. The head of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Andrea Ammon, […]

EU sees vaccinations within months as cases top 1 million in Italy


[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The European Union expressed hope Wednesday that it could start vaccinating people against the novel coronavirus as early as next year, as Italy recorded more than one million cases and Britain said its death toll has surpassed the 50,000 mark. The head of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and […]

Foreign affairs veteran Biden is ‘Kennedy-era internationalist’ – and ‘an adult’


[ad_1] US foreign policy is poised for a stark change in January, when Donald Trump – who took office in 2017 as an undiplomatic dilettante on world affairs – finally passes the torch to Joe Biden, the former vice president and longtime Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair. Biden brings experience and a steadier pair of […]

Buoyed by Covid-19 vaccine results, officials see ‘light at the end of the tunnel’


[ad_1] Issued on: 10/11/2020 – 12:54 Hugely promising results from a coronavirus vaccine trial fuelled optimism around the world on Tuesday that humanity may be a step closer to defeating the crippling pandemic, though experts cautioned that major logisitical challenges lay ahead. A vaccine is seen as the best hope to break the cycle of […]

Macron to host Austria’s Kurz ahead of EU talks on terror response


[ad_1] Issued on: 09/11/2020 – 14:04 French President Emmanuel Macron will host the Austrian chancellor for talks on Tuesday before a video summit with other EU leaders to discuss a joint response to recent terrorist attacks carried out by radical Islamists. Macron and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will be joined in a phone call by the leaders […]

Under Biden, EU must still ‘live without US global leadership’


[ad_1] The EU will once again have a cooperative US partner when Joe Biden becomes president, but Europeans should harbour no illusions: Washington will be no globo-cop nor NATO’s big protector, leaders and analysts say. “Great day for US and Europe, we look forward to working together with new administration to rebuild our partnership,” the […]

Britain snubs EU deadline over bill breaking Brexit deal


[ad_1] Issued on: 03/11/2020 – 14:13 Britain has failed to meet an EU ultimatum to respond to a formal complaint about its plan to breach the Brexit agreement through domestic legislation, the European Commission said Tuesday. “To date, the EU has received no reply from the UK,” spokesman Daniel Ferrie told journalists, three days after […]

Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge


[ad_1] A medical crew treat a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at the Joseph Imbert Hospital Center in Arles, southern France, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Many French doctors are urging a new nationwide lockdown, noting that 58% of the country’s intensive care units are now occupied by COVID patients and medical staff are […]

Turkey blasts Charlie Hebdo’s ‘immoral’ caricature of Erdogan


[ad_1] Issued on: 28/10/2020 – 10:10 Turkish officials on Wednesday railed against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over its cover-page cartoon mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and accused it of sowing “the seeds of hatred and animosity”. Turkish anger at the caricature added fuel to a row between Turkey and France about the magazine’s […]

France encourages EU allies to take measures against Turkey after Erdogan’s boycott calls


[ad_1] Issued on: 27/10/2020 – 18:08Modified: 27/10/2020 – 18:13 France encouraged EU allies to adopt measures against Turkey on Tuesday after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioned French President Emmanuel Macron’s mental health and called for a boycott of French goods. Earlier the same day, the EU Commission warned that Turkish membership of the bloc […]

France tightens security, facing ‘very high’ terror risk after teacher beheading


[ad_1] Issued on: 27/10/2020 – 17:23 France is increasing security at religious sites as the interior minister said Tuesday that the country faces a “very high” risk of terrorist threats, amid growing geopolitical tensions following the beheading of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. French diplomats are trying to quell […]

French firms urged to ‘resist blackmail’ as Turkey’s Erdogan joins calls for boycott


[ad_1] Economists have downplayed the threat to French exports as calls to boycott French goods spread across the Muslim world in a backlash over the hardened stance France has taken against radical Islamists in the wake of the brutal murder of a teacher. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the first head of state on […]

Czechs face curfew to stem virus spike


[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain The Czech government said Monday it would impose an overnight curfew as the country continues to record the worst coronavirus figures across the EU. “We still can’t see the decrease we expected these days,” Health Minister Roman Prymula told reporters, adding recent restrictions have had “a negligible impact”. He added […]

Thousands of climate activists appeal to Brussels to withdraw farm policy


[ad_1] Issued on: 25/10/2020 – 17:29Modified: 25/10/2020 – 17:38 Thousands of climate activists have added their names to a new campaign spearheaded by Greta Thunberg, asking the European Commission to retract a farming policy that they say would make it impossible to reach the EU’s climate goals.  The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has called […]

French NGOs take Twitter to court for failing to moderate hate speech


[ad_1] French NGOs took Twitter to court in Paris on Monday morning, accusing the social media giant of not doing enough to tackle hate speech online. Four French NGOs – SOS Racisme, SOS Homophobie, the Union of Jewish Students of France and J’accuse – filed suit against Twitter on May 11. A Paris court began […]

EU regulator greenlights first injectable HIV drug


[ad_1] HIV-1 Virus. Credit: J Roberto Trujillo/Wikipedia The EU’s medicines regulator on Friday gave the green light for the first injectable treatment for the HIV virus that causes AIDS, which could change the lives of millions of people. The cocktail of two antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, rilpivirine and cabotegravir, can be given every few months instead […]

EU countries adopt common travel guidelines amid pandemic


[ad_1] In this May 13, 2020 file photo, a barrier blocks the road at the closed border crossing from Austria to the Czech Republic near Reinthal, Austria. European Union countries are set to adopt a common traffic light system to coordinate traveling across the 27-nation bloc, but a return to a full freedom of movement […]

EU agrees common virus rules in bid to end travel chaos


[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain EU members agreed Friday on a method to determine safe travel destinations within Europe, hoping to unify the bloc’s haphazard patchwork of travel restrictions due to Covid-19. Envoys from the EU’s 27 member states agreed on a list of recommendations, which will include a color code for identifying risk areas: […]

How ‘revolutionary Conservatives’ made state aid the crux of Brexit drama


[ad_1] Boris Johnson and Ursula Von Der Leyen gave their negotiators another month to reach a post-Brexit deal on Saturday, days after the EU Commission president announced she would begin legal proceedings against the UK for passing a bill to break international law. Analysts say that Johnson’s plan to jettison EU state aid rules is […]

EU leaders approve sanctions on Belarus officials after Cyprus drops veto threat


[ad_1] Issued on: 02/10/2020 – 07:53 European Union leaders agreed early Friday to impose sanctions on dozens of senior officials in Belarus accused of falsifying presidential election results and leading a crackdown on peaceful protesters, after unblocking a veto against the move by one of the EU’s smallest member countries. In an embarrassing standoff, Cyprus […]

EU launches legal action against UK over plans to breach Brexit treaty


[ad_1] Issued on: 01/10/2020 – 11:52Modified: 01/10/2020 – 12:07 EU chief Ursula von der Leyen declared Thursday that Brussels has begun legal action over the British government’s attempt to overturn parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. “This morning, the Commission has decided to send a letter of formal notice to the UK Government. This is […]

EU leaders meet to tackle disputes over Turkey, Belarus and budget


[ad_1] Issued on: 01/10/2020 – 04:50 European leaders meet on Thursday to tackle rifts that threaten their huge coronavirus recovery package and weaken their ability to respond to crises on their borders with Turkey and Belarus. The first night of the extraordinary two-day European Union summit will be dominated by the bloc’s tricky ties with Ankara, […]

UK lower house passes trade bill that govt admits violates EU divorce treaty


[ad_1] Issued on: 30/09/2020 – 09:30 British lawmakers on Tuesday adopted a bill to regulate the UK’s internal market after Brexit, defying a looming EU ultimatum as the two sides entered a final week of tense talks. Despite expressions of disquiet even from some members of the ruling Conservatives, the House of Commons passed the […]

EU set to propose plan on asylum seekers, but Austria warns against quotas


[ad_1] Issued on: 23/09/2020 – 08:30Modified: 23/09/2020 – 08:35 Five years after Europe’s migrant crisis, Brussels will propose on Wednesday that member states share the responsibility for asylum seekers under a “compulsory solidarity mechanism”. But it could spark outrage from countries such as Austria, whose Chancellor Sebastian Kurz warned against any attempts to force EU countries […]

Sanofi and GSK to provide 72 million vaccine doses to Canada


[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi and Britain’s GSK have promised up to 72 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate to the Canadian government, which has already signed similar agreements with several American companies. The two groups, which plan to seek regulatory approval for the vaccine in the first half of […]

More than 60 wealthy countries join WHO’s plan for distributing Covid-19 vaccine


[ad_1] Issued on: 22/09/2020 – 07:44 More than 60 wealthy nations have joined a WHO-backed programme to facilitate poor countries’ access to coronavirus vaccines, but the US and China are not on the list published Monday. The World Health Organization has in coordination with the global vaccine alliance group Gavi and the Coalition for Epidemic […]

thousands march in Germany urging EU to take in more migrants


[ad_1] Issued on: 20/09/2020 – 18:20 Thousands of people demonstrated Sunday in Berlin and other German cities, urging the European Union to take in migrants left without shelter after a fire destroyed their biggest camp in Greece. The EU is set to unveil proposals this week on how to help the 12,000 people left without […]

First drug for hepatitis D has been approved by european commission


[ad_1] Over the course of 25 years of research, Stephan Urban and his team developed Hepcludex, the first drug for Hepatitis D. Credit: Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg What started off as basic research 25 years ago has now lead to a successfully approved drug: The entry blocker bulevirtide (brand name Hepcludex, formerly known as Myrcludex B), jointly […]