Pfizer asks European Union to approve vaccine for kids aged 12 to 15 – National

Pfizer and BioNTech have submitted a request for European Union drug regulators to extend the approval of the companies’ coronavirus vaccine to include children ages 12 to 15, a move that could offer younger and less at-risk populations in Europe access to the shots for the first time. In a statement on Friday, the […]

Russia, China campaigns seek to sow mistrust in Western COVID-19 vaccines: EU report – National

Russian and Chinese media are systematically seeking to sow mistrust in Western COVID-19 vaccines in their latest disinformation campaigns aimed at dividing the West, a European Union report said on Wednesday. From December to April, the two countries’ state media outlets pushed fake news online in multiple languages sensationalizing vaccine safety concerns, making unfounded […]

Russia rejects West’s criticism of move closing foreign naval ships off from Crimea – National

Russia insisted Tuesday that it has the right to restrict foreign naval ships’ movement off Crimea, rejecting Ukrainian complaints and Western criticism. Ukraine last week protested the Russian move to close broad areas of the Black Sea near Crimea to foreign navy ships and state vessels until November. The U.S. also aired its concern […]

150K Russian troops estimated near Ukraine’s borders, European Union says – National

The European Union is estimating that 150,000 Russian troops have already amassed for the biggest military buildup ever near Ukraine’s borders and that it will only take “a spark” to set off a confrontation. At the same time, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday that the condition of imprisoned Russian opposition leader […]

AstraZeneca defends COVID-19 vaccine, says ‘no evidence’ of increased risk of blood clots – National

By Radhika Anilkumar Reuters Posted March 14, 2021 2:47 pm     Updated March 14, 2021 2:55 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ AstraZeneca Plc on Sunday said it had conducted a […]

Next 10 years must be the ‘decade of action’ on climate change, John Kerry says – National

This year’s United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland must kick-start a decade of action to address the environmental crisis, U.S. climate change envoy John Kerry said on Tuesday during a visit to European Union headquarters in Brussels. After four fractious years under former President Donald Trump, Kerry’s trip marks a new start in […]

EU to extend vaccine export control measures to end of June, sources say – National

The European Union is planning to extend its export authorization scheme for COVID-19 vaccines to the end of June, two EU sources told Reuters on Thursday, in a move that could reignite tensions with countries who rely on shots made in the EU. The mechanism was set up at the end of January as […]

AstraZeneca backtracks, says it will meet EU supply for Q2 after reporting shortfall – National

AstraZeneca will deliver 180 million COVID-19 vaccines to Europe in the second quarter, including 20 million to Italy, the head of its Italian unit was quoted as saying on Thursday, but EU officials remained wary about supply. Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing an EU official directly involved in talks with the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker, that […]

AstraZeneca to deliver less than half of vaccines promised to EU in Q2 – National

AstraZeneca has told the European Union it expects to deliver less than half the COVID-19 vaccines it was contracted to supply in the second quarter, an EU official told Reuters on Tuesday. Contacted by Reuters, AstraZeneca did not deny what the official said, but a statement late in the day said the company was […]

What an EU crackdown on COVID-19 vaccine exports could mean for Canada – National

The European Union is implementing drastic transparency measures to ensure pharmaceutical companies deliver their COVID-19 vaccines on time. These measures, which include strict export controls, have prompted concerns from Canadian officials that the added pressures could reverberate across the country, furthering vaccine shipment delays. Vaccine rollouts in the EU have been slow compared to […]