Sunday, November 28, 2021

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In major shift, EU says vaccine boosters should be considered for all adults

It says available evidence emerging from Israel and the UK shows a significant increase in protection against infection and severe disease following a booster dose in all age groups in the short term.

US issues ‘Do Not Travel’ Covid-19 warning for Germany and Denmark

The CDC elevated its recommendation to 'Level Four: Very High' for Germany and Denmark, telling Americans they should avoid travel there, while the State Department issued 'Do Not Travel' advisories for both.

Third night of rioting erupts over Dutch Covid-19 rules

The latest unrest began on Friday night in Rotterdam, where police opened fire on a crowd that had swelled to hundreds during a protest that the city's mayor said had turned into 'an orgy of violence'.

Austria to impose lockdown and mandatory vaccinations, says chancellor

The Alpine nation plans to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory from Feb 1 next year, while the lockdown will start from Monday and will be evaluated after 10 days, according to the chancellor.

Germany could make Covid-19 test or vaccine mandatory for public transport

Germany registered yet another record rate of cases over the past week on Monday as more indoor gatherings due to cold weather and flatlining vaccination campaigns turn Europe once more into the pandemic epicentre.

‘Difficult’ Austria lockdown on unjabbed already effective, says PM

On Monday Austria became the first EU country to lockdown the unvaccinated in a bid to halt spiralling virus infection rates of around 12,000 per day in the country of 8.9 million.

Facebook whistleblower boosts EU push for new tech laws

The former Facebook engineer leaked a trove of internal documents that have sparked weeks of criticism of the social media giant and a major push worldwide to get tough on big tech.

France orders poultry lockdown due to bird flu risk

The French agricultural ministry said separately that 130 outbreaks of bird flu in wild fowl and farm poultry have been discovered since August in Europe.

Messages from Macron to Morrison leaked amid submarine deal row

Australia in September cancelled a deal with France's Naval Group, opting instead to build at least 12 nuclear-powered submarines after striking a deal with the US and Britain.

US and Europe line up over 20 more countries for global methane pact

Nigeria, Japan and Pakistan are among the 24 new signatories to the Global Methane Pledge, which was first announced by the US and EU in September with the aim of galvanising rapid climate action before the start of the Scotland summit on Oct 31.

EU postpones trade talks with Australia amid submarine deal fallout

Australia's Minister for Trade Dan Tehan however declines to comment on the role the submarine deal had played in delaying negotiations.

New Taliban govt begins work as protests grow

Hundreds protested on Tuesday, both in the capital and in the city of Herat, where two people at the demonstration site were shot dead.

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