Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Tuesday said his country and Denmark plan to stop relying solely on the European Union for coronavirus jabs. The announcement appeared to be a rebuke to the EU's joint vaccine procurement program . Kurz said both countries plan to work with Israel to produce second-generation vaccines. While Israel has vaccinated a large part of its population, the EU has faced criticism for its slow vaccine rollout . Austria looks ahead to new variants Kurz said it was right in principle to take a European-wide approach to inoculation. However, he maintained that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has been "too slow" to approve vaccines, and drew attention to production problems and delivery failures . "We must prepare for further mutations and should no longer be dependent solely on the EU in the production of second-generation vaccines," Kurz told the Austria Press Agency. Austria would "no longer rely on the EU in the future and will in … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Austria and Denmark break ranks with EU on vaccines
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Before the pandemic, Berlin-based comedian Erika Ratcliffe toured every week, telling jokes to an eager public. Now, she gets by with the savings from a writing gig and is considering switching careers altogether. "A lot of people are doing online comedy shows on Zoom or via livestream, but I don’t think that works — I need the reaction from the audience." Ratcliffe is one of many creative-industry professionals in Germany who have found their lives turned upside down and their futures increasingly uncertain as the pandemic continues, particularly since the country went into a second lockdown in the fall of 2020. Theaters and museums remain closed until further notice. Some sectors have been especially hard-hit: The Berlin club scene, where just a year ago sweaty revelers were packed in like sardines dancing into the wee hours, is not expected not to return to full operation until the end of 2022, according to the Berlin Club Commission. Ratcliffe decided not to do Zoom or … [Read more...] about Lockdown culture: ‘Miss You’ brings artists to the people
Covid-19 vaccines that are being given to Brits should be more effective in younger adults than the elderly and could 'almost completely' stop transmission, a top scientist says. Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England (PHE), said she expects the vaccines to give stronger protection to younger age groups. She said the effect, however, would not be as obvious in the data because younger people are less likely to die or fall ill with coronavirus compared with the oldest age groups. The expert said there were positive signs the jab rollout would cut infection rates across the nation, and she was hopeful that two doses could prevent people passing it on almost completely. Have you been affected by coronavrus? Email your story to [email protected] A Public Health England (PHE) study which shows that use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine dramatically reduces hospital admissions in over 80-year-olds could also see encouraging results for other age … [Read more...] about Covid jabs ‘more effective in young people’ and could stop spread ‘almost completely’
Arminia Bielefeld replace Neuhaus with Kramer F1 refuse Bahrain vaccine offer Bobic to leave Frankfurt? March 2 Kramer unveiled as new Bielefeld coach The day after sacking Uwe Neuhaus, the man who got Arminia Bielefeld promoted last season, the club have moved to sign on Frank Kramer as his replacement. Kramer, 48, has recently coached a number of Germany's youth teams and had short stints as head coach of Fortuna Düsseldorf (2015) and Greuther Fürth (2013-15). "Frank is a multi-faceted coach with a wealth of experience in the professional and youth sectors. We are convinced that with his professional and analytical qualities, he is the type of coach that fits the Arminia path and that we need for the next development steps," said sporting director Samir Arabi. Bielefeld currently sit in 16th, the relegation playoff spot, and host Union Berlin on Sunday. Dimitrios Grammozis tipped as fifth Schalke coach Schalke are set to sign Dimitrios … [Read more...] about Sports News Feed: Dimitrios Grammozis to take helm at Schalke?
EU proposals for a vaccine passport could kick start tourism across the bloc from as early as June - raising hopes lockdown-weary Britons could enjoy a summer holiday on the continent. The European Commission is suggesting a "digital green pass" that would provide proof a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus , as well as test results for those not yet inoculated. Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the pass "should facilitate Europeans' lives". She said: "The aim is to gradually enable them to move safely in the European Union or abroad - for work or tourism." Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Advertisement The proposed scheme raises the prospect that unvaccinated adults and children could still travel overseas if they have had a recent negative COVID-19 test. The scheme would at first be for Europeans to travel more freely over the summer - but the executive also plans to co-operate with … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Proposed EU vaccine passport scheme raises hopes of Britons having summer holidays in Europe