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The accidental harm-reduction champion

Sweden is set to become the world’s first officially smoke-free country. This will save lives, reduce health costs, and improve the quality of life...

Serbia, Rosatom ink deal to build a Center for Nuclear Science and Technology in Serbia

The Serbian government and Russia’s state atomic corporation Rosatom signed a General Framework Agreement to construct a Center for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST)...

Slovakian health minister resigns over Sputnik V dispute

Slovakia's health minister Marek Krajci resigned on Thursday following pressure from the country’s four-party ruling coalition for the acquisition of the Russian-made vaccine, Reuters reported...

Denmark, Iceland and Norway suspend AstraZeneca vaccine rollout over blood clot fears

Denmark and Norway on Thursday temporarily suspended the use of AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine, following reports of the formation of blood clots among some people...

Germany wants EU export restrictions on vaccine after supply shortage

Germany's Health Minister Jens Spahn has backed European proposals for the introduction of export limits on vaccines amid delivery delays of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot...

Netanyahu, Mossad chief under quarantine after Health Minister tests positive

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has re-entered a precautionary quarantine, after the country's Health Minister Yaakov Litzman tested positive for Covid-19. The wife of the...

Fake pharmaceuticals trade worth €4 billion, study says

The trade of counterfeit pharmaceuticals worldwide is estimated to be worth up to €4 billion, with India and China identified to be the largest...

CoE chief warns over domestic violence amid lockdown

Since confinement measures were put in place and stay-at-home orders were given, the calls in helplines for victims of domestic violence have multiplied, being...

Europe's infectious disease agency says coronavirus is likely to survive warmer weather

As of 25 March 2020, more than 416,916 cases of COVID-19 were reported worldwide by more than 150 countries, with 204,930 cases and 11,810...

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19 and will now self-isolate. Johnson announced the news on Friday on Twitter. https://twitter.com/BorisJohnson/status/1243496858095411200

European Parliament overwhelmingly approves Coronavirus funding plan

During an extraordinary plenary session held in Brussels on Thursday, the European Parliament adopted almost unanimously the Commission's three funding proposals for salvaging EU...

Draghi deems war-like mobilisation to prevent prolonged coronavirus economic depression necessary

"A deep recession is inevitable," former European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi said, echoing expectations of a deep EU and Eurozone recession for...

MEPs call for comprehensive budgetary package for COVID-19 emergency

MEPs of the Budgetary Committee in the European Parliament have urged the EU Commission and Council for the adoption of a coordinated and bold...

Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19

Prince Charles of Wales, has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus, Clarence House confirmed on Wednesday. The 71-year-old royal is displaying mild symptoms, "but otherwise...

WHO warns over acceleration of COVID-19 pandemic

During a virtual news conference held in the organisation's Geneva headquarters on Monday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is ...

MEPs urge evacuation of hotspots on Greek islands to stop COVID-19 spread

As Lesvos island has confirmed its first COVID-19 case, MEPs are urging the European Commission to evacuate migrant camps, the so-called 'hotspots' on Greek...

2020 Tokyo Olympics officially postponed

The world's top sporting event, the Olympic Games scheduled for summer 2020 in Tokyo, has been officially postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing...

Trials for coronavirus vaccine could start next month in the UK

The British government’s health agency said that safety trials of a coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers at Oxford University could start on humans next...

Hungary to consider bill that would allow Orbán to rule by decree

The Hungarian parliament is due to consider a draft law that would give Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán extraordinary powers to rule by decree...

Commission mobilises emergency aid for earthquake-hit Croatia

The European Commission has mobilised emergency aid for Croatia, after the latter was severely hit by a magnitude 5.4 earthquake on Sunday, which caused...

European Parliament to hold extraordinary plenary on March 26

With the number of COVID-19 cases dramatically rising every day across the EU27 bloc, the European Parliament decided to hold an extraordinary plenary session...

Belgium's lockdown to last at least 8 more weeks

Belgium's lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic is expected to last at least eight more weeks, the country's Health Minister Maggie de Block said on...

First Coronavirus-related death in EU institutions recorded

A 42-year-old external contractor to the European Parliament is the first victim of COVID-19 in the EU institutions, a spokesperson of the Parliament confirmed...

Chancellor Merkel into self-quarantine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel went into self-quarantine on Sunday, after coming into contact with a doctor who tested positive for COVID-19. Merkel, 65, had received...

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