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Ursula von der Leyen said 75 million of these new doses would be available by the second quarter of the year and the remaining doses would be delivered in the third and fourth quarters.(AP)

EU procures additional 300 million doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 04:58 PM IST
“With the new agreement, we could purchase a total of up to an additional 300 million doses of the vaccine. In other words, this will allow us to double the number of doses,” President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said.
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A wooden boat used by migrants from Morocco is seen grounded on the beach at the southeastern coast of the island of Gran Canaria, Spain.(AP)
A wooden boat used by migrants from Morocco is seen grounded on the beach at the southeastern coast of the island of Gran Canaria, Spain.(AP)

2020 was Europe’s warmest year on record

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Berlin
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 03:14 PM IST
Rising global temperatures are tied to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Chief among them is carbon dioxide, which is released by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas.
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Britain’s free-trade deal with the EU saw it negotiate a 25% increase in the catch for UK’s boats in British waters over the next five years, followed by annual negotiations(AP)
Britain’s free-trade deal with the EU saw it negotiate a 25% increase in the catch for UK’s boats in British waters over the next five years, followed by annual negotiations(AP)

Scottish fishermen hit by Brexit delays, shortage of vets

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 07:37 PM IST
The UK’s fishing sector, is one of the worst-hit by new bureaucracy, requiring forms such as catch certificates and health documents issued by a vet to be able to sell to the EU, its biggest export market. A shortage of vets to issue the forms is causing delays.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi briefed Chancellor Merkel on the developments in India with regard to vaccine development for Covid-19. (Image used for representation).(PTI PHOTO.)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi briefed Chancellor Merkel on the developments in India with regard to vaccine development for Covid-19. (Image used for representation).(PTI PHOTO.)

PM Modi dials Chancellor Merkel, promises to use vaccine capabilities to help other nations

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:41 PM IST
PM Modi appreciated Merkel’s long-standing role in providing stable and strong leadership on the European and global stages, and thanked her for guiding the growth of the India-Germany strategic partnership.
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EU officials said vaccine makers were selected on the basis of progress in their trials and of their ability to produce shots for Europe quickly.(AP)
EU officials said vaccine makers were selected on the basis of progress in their trials and of their ability to produce shots for Europe quickly.(AP)

Timeline: How EU filled its basket in Covid-19 vaccine shopping spree

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Brussels
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 07:54 PM IST
In June, the EU set up a team of experts from the bloc’s 27 member states to negotiate together with vaccine makers the advance purchase of Covid-19 shots, with a budget of about $2.4 billion.
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The mass arrests, including of former lawmakers, were the largest crackdown on Hong Kong’s democracy movement since the law was imposed by China.(Reuters file photo)
The mass arrests, including of former lawmakers, were the largest crackdown on Hong Kong’s democracy movement since the law was imposed by China.(Reuters file photo)

EU calls for ‘immediate release’ of Hong Kong activists

By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Brussels
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:21 PM IST
China is the bloc’s second-biggest trading partner behind the United States, and the EU is China’s biggest trading partner.
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The United States, Canada and Israel have already approved use of the Moderna vaccine.(REUTERS)
The United States, Canada and Israel have already approved use of the Moderna vaccine.(REUTERS)

EU agency approves Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Amsterdam
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:18 PM IST
The approval recommendation by the European Medicines Agency’s human medicines committee comes amid high rates of infections in many EU countries.
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Ahead of the meeting on the Moderna vaccine, the agency said in a tweet that its experts were “working hard to clarify all outstanding issues with the company.”(Reuters File Photo)
Ahead of the meeting on the Moderna vaccine, the agency said in a tweet that its experts were “working hard to clarify all outstanding issues with the company.”(Reuters File Photo)

European medicines agency ponders approval for Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Associated Press | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Amsterdam
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 01:25 PM IST
The meeting of the European Medicines Agency’s human medicines committee (CHMP) comes amid high rates of infections in many EU countries and strong criticism of the slow pace of vaccinations across the region of some 450 million people.
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Two seniors walk through the Immunization Center at the Exhibition Halls for their vaccination in Hamburg, Germany.(AP)
Two seniors walk through the Immunization Center at the Exhibition Halls for their vaccination in Hamburg, Germany.(AP)

Germany set to extend hard lockdown as daily deaths mount

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Beralin
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 04:14 PM IST
Germany’s latest lockdown took effect December 16 after a partial shutdown starting in early November failed to reduce the number of daily new coronavirus infections. It was initially set to expire January 10.
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Supermarkets have stockpiled key goods, but there are concerns about fresh produce supplies as shippers adjust to new border protocols(REUTERS)
Supermarkets have stockpiled key goods, but there are concerns about fresh produce supplies as shippers adjust to new border protocols(REUTERS)

Higher food costs stalk Britons as new year brings Brexit

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 12:58 PM IST
A raft of red tape plus new checks at the border could add 3 billion pounds ($4.1 billion) in costs for food importers, according to the UK’s Food and Drink Federation. That’s about an 8% increase -- some of which could work its way down to prices paid at checkouts.
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Eight of the world’s 10 largest economies, including China and Japan, have set goals to reach net-zero emission within decades. US President-elect Joe Biden wants the US to be carbon neutral by 2050.(AP (Representative Image))
Eight of the world’s 10 largest economies, including China and Japan, have set goals to reach net-zero emission within decades. US President-elect Joe Biden wants the US to be carbon neutral by 2050.(AP (Representative Image))

Climate deal, US election: EU ‘climate leader’ on why 2020 left him upbeat

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 02:10 PM IST
“It is remarkable that closing down our societies has not led us anywhere near the level of reductions we need, so behavioral changes alone won’t do it,” Jorgensen said in an interview in Copenhagen. But while the analysis is often negative, “there are reasons for optimism and to celebrate as well,” he said.
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The first doses were planned to go to healthcare personnel in homes for the elderly, home care nurses and people working in care homes for the disabled, rather than emergency care workers as well.(Reuters representative image)
The first doses were planned to go to healthcare personnel in homes for the elderly, home care nurses and people working in care homes for the disabled, rather than emergency care workers as well.(Reuters representative image)

Netherlands to vaccinate emergency care workers as soon as possible

By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma | The Hague
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 06:05 PM IST
The government had previously said its national vaccination campaign would start on Jan. 8, the latest date for any EU country.
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The 1,200-page trade deal struck by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Christmas Eve after a little over nine months of negotiations ended the uncertainty that the UK would crash out of the bloc in chaos.(Reuters image)
The 1,200-page trade deal struck by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Christmas Eve after a little over nine months of negotiations ended the uncertainty that the UK would crash out of the bloc in chaos.(Reuters image)

Brexit is a new world businesses still need to figure out

By Bloomberg | Posted by Prashasti Singh | London
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 09:57 AM IST
As British businesses start a  new relationship with the European Union, securing a supply of heat-treated platforms—baked to 56 degrees Celsius (133 degrees Fahrenheit) for at least 30 minutes—is now one of the myriad issues they face.
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The London Eye wheel is pictured during the New Year's Eve amid the Covid-19 outbreak in London on December 31, 2020.(REUTERS)
The London Eye wheel is pictured during the New Year's Eve amid the Covid-19 outbreak in London on December 31, 2020.(REUTERS)

‘This is an amazing moment for the UK,’ says Prime Minister Boris Johnson

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 12:08 AM IST
The UK PM released an upbeat New Year message even as health officials announced another high in the number of daily new deaths and cases from Covid-19: 964 and 55,892, as of Thursday evening, with 23,813 patients in hospitals and 1,847 of them on ventilators
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a thumbs up after signing the Brexit trade deal with the EU at number 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a thumbs up after signing the Brexit trade deal with the EU at number 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

‘An amazing moment for UK,’ says British PM Boris Johnson as country moves out of EU

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 11:54 PM IST
‘Covid-19 loves a crowd, cancel parties’ was the key message on a public information campaign on Thursday, urging Britons to usher in the New Year at home. Millions more Britons moved to the top Tier 4 Covid-19 alert system with the toughest restrictions in UK.
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A UK border sign welcomes passengers on arrival at Heathrow airport in west London on December 31, 2020.(AFP)
A UK border sign welcomes passengers on arrival at Heathrow airport in west London on December 31, 2020.(AFP)

Deal approved, post-Brexit era begins for UK and EU

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 05:54 AM IST
Several aspects of life are likely to change as new post-Brexit realities unfold. This will include higher prices in supermarkets and changes to Britons visiting EU member states
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The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he was in the process of applying for a French passport to maintain his ties with the European Union after Brexit(REUTERS)
The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he was in the process of applying for a French passport to maintain his ties with the European Union after Brexit(REUTERS)

Boris Johnson’s father is applying for French citizenship

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | London
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 04:10 PM IST
Stanley Johnson, a former member of the European Parliament who voted Remain in Britain’s 2016 referendum, told RTL radio he wanted to become a French citizen because of strong family links to France.
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Dover remains the UK’s most important link with the EU, the country’s biggest trade partner(REUTERS)
Dover remains the UK’s most important link with the EU, the country’s biggest trade partner(REUTERS)

All quiet in Dover: The calm before Brexit’s border storm

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 03:59 PM IST
In response, logistics firms have redoubled efforts to relieve pressure on truck traffic, stepping up air freight, container ferry and air-cargo shipments. With the New Year arriving on a long weekend, concerns of an immediate repeat of last week’s spectacle have diminished.
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EU leaders in Brussels and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London officially signed the agreement on Wednesday.(AP)
EU leaders in Brussels and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London officially signed the agreement on Wednesday.(AP)

Timeline of events in Britain’s exit from the European Union

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | London
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 02:43 PM IST
On December 30, EU leaders in Brussels and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London officially signed the agreement.
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The Oxford/AstraZeneca shot has been plagued with questions about its most effective dosage since data showed some surprising results(AP)
The Oxford/AstraZeneca shot has been plagued with questions about its most effective dosage since data showed some surprising results(AP)

EU drug watchdog looking at timing of dosage in AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine review

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | London
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 02:20 PM IST
For the European Medicines Authority, the crucial point is the level of protection people have once they have received the first shot and then have to wait between four and 12 weeks for the second one. In a statement, the EMA said it expected more information from ongoing trials in January.
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The aviation feud predates Donald Trump, but Washington quickly embraced the opportunity to impose $7.5 billion in tariffs against Europeans after also being cleared to do so by the WTO last year(REUTERS)
The aviation feud predates Donald Trump, but Washington quickly embraced the opportunity to impose $7.5 billion in tariffs against Europeans after also being cleared to do so by the WTO last year(REUTERS)

US imposes new tariffs on French, German products in Airbus-Boeing spat

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 09:10 AM IST
The decision is the latest twist in the 16-year trade battle over aircraft subsidies that turned increasingly sour under the protectionist instincts of US President Donald Trump, and comes despite hopes for a trade truce following Joe Biden’s election.
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From the boats in Newlyn, England’s biggest fishing port by tonnage landed, to the fishermen’s cottages perched above the harbour, the feeling of betrayal is all around(REUTERS)
From the boats in Newlyn, England’s biggest fishing port by tonnage landed, to the fishermen’s cottages perched above the harbour, the feeling of betrayal is all around(REUTERS)

Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal leaves fishermen feeling betrayed and ‘sold out’

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Newlyn
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 09:09 AM IST
For fishermen from Cornwall to Scotland, EU membership and the decline of fishing go hand in hand. They voted for Brexit in droves. For these fishermen, Boris Johnson’s current rhetoric is galling and the feeling of betrayal is all around.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the debate in the House of Commons on the EU (Future Relationship) Bill.(AP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the debate in the House of Commons on the EU (Future Relationship) Bill.(AP)

British lawmakers approve post-Brexit trade deal with EU

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | London
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 08:22 PM IST
With just a day to spare, lawmakers voted 521-73 Wednesday to approve the agreement sealed between the UK government and the EU last week.
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The EU and China had sought to conclude a deal by the end of the year and political leaders signed off on it with only a day spare.(Bloomberg)
The EU and China had sought to conclude a deal by the end of the year and political leaders signed off on it with only a day spare.(Bloomberg)

Whats and whys of the EU-China investment agreement

By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Brussels
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 10:13 PM IST
The EU secures new access for its firms to invest in China in air transport, such as computer reservation systems and ground handling, telecom cloud services, electric cars as well as private hospitals without joint venture requirements.
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Xi Jinping, China's president, top left, Charles Michel, president of the European Council, top right, Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, bottom right, Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, bottom center, and Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, on a monitor during a EU-China investment accord virtual meeting in the Europa Building in Brussels, Belgium.(Bloomberg)
Xi Jinping, China's president, top left, Charles Michel, president of the European Council, top right, Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, bottom right, Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, bottom center, and Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, on a monitor during a EU-China investment accord virtual meeting in the Europa Building in Brussels, Belgium.(Bloomberg)

EU, China leaders seal long-awaited investment deal

By Associated Press | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Brussels
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 10:11 PM IST
The videoconference launches a ratification process that will take several months as the text of the agreement still needs to be legally reviewed and translated before it is approved by the EU Council.
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Klaus Cichutek, head of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, said that, thanks to the rolling EU review of the AstraZeneca vaccine, it would be possible to take a quick decision once a formal application was submitted.(Reuters)
Klaus Cichutek, head of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, said that, thanks to the rolling EU review of the AstraZeneca vaccine, it would be possible to take a quick decision once a formal application was submitted.(Reuters)

Germany sees rapid EU approval of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Berlin
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 07:15 PM IST
Berlin’s support for AstraZeneca comes as EU member countries seek to fill supply chains for vaccination drives that began last weekend using a shot from Pfizer and BioNTech - the only one to win EU approval so far.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged MPs to back the “historic” bill, which he says is not “a rupture but a resolution” of the UK’s relationship with its European neighbours.(AP)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged MPs to back the “historic” bill, which he says is not “a rupture but a resolution” of the UK’s relationship with its European neighbours.(AP)

UK Parliament to vote on ‘historic’ Brexit trade deal with EU

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C | London
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 02:43 PM IST
The 80-page bill, which follows a last-minute deal agreed with the European Union (EU) last week just days before the December 31 deadline of the end of the Brexit transition period, will be debated by members of Parliament (MPs) in the House of Commons followed by the House of Lords.
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India has few logistics and cold storage chains that can support Pfizer’s requirement for keeping its vaccines at minus 70 degree Celsius, the price too, is a constraint.(AP)
India has few logistics and cold storage chains that can support Pfizer’s requirement for keeping its vaccines at minus 70 degree Celsius, the price too, is a constraint.(AP)

Covid-19 vaccination: Pfizer, Moderna deals hit roadblock

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 01:41 AM IST
According to officials involved in the vaccine administration plan, there are doubts if Pfizer has enough spare capacity to cater to Indian requirements after fulfilling its current commitments with the US, UK, EU, Bahrain, Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.
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A nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital in Coventry.(REUTERS)
A nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital in Coventry.(REUTERS)

EU is asked to approve extra dose from Pfizer vaccine vials

By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai | Prague/ Rome
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 08:21 PM IST
The vaccine, made by Pfizer of the United States and the German biotech startup BioNTech, is the only one to win EU approval so far, and is already being administered.
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Other officials close to the talks said that under the deal China would open up its manufacturing sector to EU companies, as well as construction, advertising, air transport, maritime services, telecoms and, to some extent, cloud computing.(Reuters)
Other officials close to the talks said that under the deal China would open up its manufacturing sector to EU companies, as well as construction, advertising, air transport, maritime services, telecoms and, to some extent, cloud computing.(Reuters)

EU-China investment deal likely this week, officials say

By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Brussels
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 05:35 PM IST
Talks on the investment deal began in 2014, but were stuck for years as the EU said China was failing to make good on promises to lift curbs on EU investment despite a pledge to open up the world’s second largest economy.
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