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BENGALURU (Reuters) - The euro zone economy will contract again this quarter as renewed lockdown measures stifle activity, according to a Reuters poll which showed the bloc’s GDP would then return to pre-crisis levels within two years. FILE PHOTO: Containers and cars are loaded on freight trains at the railroad shunting yard in Maschen near Hamburg September 23, 2012. “We now assume vaccines will be rolled out in the euro zone next year and most restrictions on economic activity are lifted during Q2. The wider poll showed after contracting 2.6% this quarter, the economy would grow 1.1% in the first quarter of 2021 compared with 0.8% in the last poll. On an annual basis, the economy was expected to shrink 7.4% this year, and grow 5.0% in 2021 largely unchanged from the last poll.
Persons: Fabian Bimmer, , , Andrew Kenningham, Elwin de Groot Organizations: REUTERS, European Central Bank, Capital Economics, ECB, Rabobank Locations: BENGALURU, Maschen, Hamburg, Europe
LONDON (Reuters) - For Big Oil, coffee and chocolate could be the new black gold. Europe’s big oil firms, however, have another card to play: their vast global networks of filling stations. While the so-called marketing operations of big oil firms - retail sales of fuel, lubricants, groceries and TV dinners - usually contribute a smaller slice of profits than oil and gas production, they typically have higher margins. Total’s Chief Financial Officer Jean-Pierre Sbraire told investors in October that retail sales in Europe were back at pre-pandemic levels in the third quarter, even though fuel sales remained very weak. “Retail is the only thing in the oil and gas value chain that gets you closer to the customer.
Persons: Regis, Huibert, , Emma Delaney, Jean, Pierre Sbraire, Delaney, BP’s, Shell, Vigeveno, Mirko Rubeis, ” Delaney, Spencer, Jamie Oliver, Uber, Shell’s Vigeveno, , Boston Consulting Group’s, ” Rubeis Organizations: REUTERS, Royal, Shell, EV, Shell . U.S, Walmart, BP, Reuters, Boston Consulting Group, Tesco, Boston Consulting Locations: Latresne, Bordeaux, France, Europe, Shell ., , China, Britain, British, United States, Carrefour
PARIS (Reuters) - Former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing, a key architect of European integration who sought to liberalise the economy and social attitudes after years of conservative Gaullist rule, died on Wednesday. Giscard sought to project the image of a young, modern president who was closer to the people than his predecessors, inviting himself to dinner at ordinary folks’ homes and playing the accordion. Months before the referendum in 2016, he told Reuters his message to Britain was: “We love you. Giscard had said that although Diana was the inspiration behind the book, the story itself was pure fiction. For over three decades, Giscard held on to the title of France’s youngest president, until Emmanuel Macron blew apart the country’s political arena aged 39, nine years younger than Giscard was when elected.
Persons: Valery Giscard d’Estaing, Giscard, Helmut Schmidt, Socialist Francois Mitterrand, Edward Heath, David Cameron, Don’t, , Lady Diana, Diana, , ’ ” Giscard, Le, France’s, Emmanuel Macron Organizations: PARIS, Gaullist, West, European Monetary, Socialist, Britain, European Economic Community, European Union, Reuters Locations: Europe, West German, Britain, France, Netherlands
Former French President Giscard d'Estaing dies at 94
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Michel Rose | Sarah White | ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: +2 min
PARIS (Reuters) - Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, a key architect of European integration in the early 1970s, has died at the age of 94 after contracting COVID-19. Slideshow ( 5 images )Giscard, who was France’s leader from 1974 to 1981, had recently been hospitalised in Tours, in western France. Giscard was known for steering a modernisation of French society during his presidency, including allowing divorce by mutual consent and legalising abortion, and was one of the architects of European integration. He was also an ardent Anglophile, and took office a year after Britain joined the European Economic Community. Michel Barnier, who is the lead European Union negotiator in talks with Britain over Brexit, said: “For Valery Giscard d’Estaing, Europe needed to be a French ambition and France a modern nation.
Persons: Valery Giscard d’Estaing, Giscard, Charles de Gaulle’s, Francois Mitterrand, Nicolas Sarkozy, , Emmanuel Macron’s, Christophe Castaner, Helmut Schmidt, , Denis McShane, Michel Barnier Organizations: PARIS, French, West, European Monetary, Britain, European Economic, Twitter, Union Locations: Tours, France, Europe, West German
NEW YORK/LONDON/MILAN/MELBOURNE (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. But Merck’s share price is down almost 10% this year, so reallocating capital makes sense. And with multiple vaccines likely to be approved and distributed in 2021 from competitors like Pfizer and BioNTech, it’s safe to assume that another sevenfold share price boom isn’t in the cards. The small WeWork rival on Wednesday raised 300 million pounds in funky debt that converts into equity, having tapped investors for 320 million pounds in fresh equity in May. But following the May fundraising he had nearly 900 million pounds to deploy.
Persons: Brian Snyder, Merck, It’s, Anna Szymanski, Alexey Mordashov, Neil Unmack, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Philippe Bénacin’s, Christopher Thompson, Mark Dixon, Aimee Donnellan, Lisa Jucca, Josh Frydenberg, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Karen Kwok Organizations: Reuters, Corona, Moderna Therapeutics, REUTERS, Merck, Moderna, Pfizer, BioNTech, Benetton, Australian Bureau, Statistics, Group, SoftBank Group Locations: MILAN, MELBOURNE, Cambridge , Massachusetts, U.S, Moderna, sunseekers, Paris, Asia, France, United Kingdom, Europe, United States, Genoa, Rome, Italy, Victoria, China, Swedish, London
Spain caps year-end parties at 10 people, restricts domestic travel
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Belén Carreño | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
The start of the nighttime curfews in force in most Spanish regions would be moved to 1:30 a.m. from 11 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Movement of people between regions will be banned between Dec. 23 and Jan. 6, except for visits to family. Spain imposed a six-month state of emergency starting in November, which gives regions legal backing to impose curfews and other restrictions. The holiday rules were agreed under the six-month state of emergency, which will be in place until May. The executive also announced on Wednesday that while the state of emergency lasts, the regions will have to guarantee housing for vulnerable people, and evictions will be restricted.
Persons: Salvador Illa, Jon Nazca, Illa, ” Illa Organizations: Spanish, Health, REUTERS Locations: MADRID, Ronda, Spain, Europe
REUTERS/Danny Moloshok(Reuters) - Discovery Inc. is launching a new streaming service, called discovery+, and has a U.S. distribution deal with Verizon Communications Inc that will make the service available to 50 million customers on day one, following Disney’s lead. The service will be free for up to 12 months for new and existing Verizon customers, depending on their plan. Verizon played a role in the success of Walt Disney Co’s Disney+ streaming service by making it available to millions of wireless customers. Disney has not disclosed how many of those subscribers paid for the service or received it free through Verizon. The discovery+ launch comes as COVID-19-related restrictions have kept people home, fueling streaming subscriber growth.
Persons: Simon Fuller, John Downer, Danny Moloshok, Walt Disney, , David Zaslav Organizations: Discovery, Television Critics Association, REUTERS, Discovery Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, HGTV, Food Network, Verizon, Disney, Leichtman Research, Netflix, Sky, Ireland, Telecom Italia Locations: Beverly Hills , California, U.S, United States, India, Ireland, Italy, Megogo, Eastern Europe
Four aid workers killed in Ethiopia's Tigray, sources say
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
NAIROBI/GENEVA (Reuters) - Four Ethiopian aid workers employed by two separate foreign organizations were killed in Tigray near the border with Eritrea last month during a war in the northern region, a humanitarian and a diplomatic source said on Wednesday. There was no immediate comment from Ethiopia’s government or the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) who have been battling since Nov. 4. The aid organizations declined to comment because a communications blackout in Tigray meant relatives had not been reached nor the exact circumstances of their deaths verified. There were credible but unconfirmed reports that a fifth aid worker had also died in Tigray, another humanitarian source told Reuters in Europe. The conflict is believed to have killed thousands of people in Tigray, sent more than 45,000 refugees fleeing to Sudan, and forced several hundred foreign aid workers to leave the region for safety reasons.
Organizations: Reuters Locations: NAIROBI, GENEVA, Tigray, Eritrea, Europe, Sudan
LONDON/MILAN/MELBOURNE (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. Even with a recovery expected next year, debt of 3.9 billion euros will exceed four times EBITDA, according to Refinitiv data. Yet Tui’s bonds maturing in that same year have rallied from around 65% of par in May, to trade at around face value. The small WeWork rival on Wednesday raised 300 million pounds in funky debt that converts into equity, having tapped investors for 320 million pounds in fresh equity in May. But following the May fundraising he had nearly 900 million pounds to deploy.
Persons: Francois Lenoir, Alexey Mordashov, Neil Unmack, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Philippe Bénacin’s, Christopher Thompson, Mark Dixon, Aimee Donnellan, It’s, Lisa Jucca, Josh Frydenberg, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Karen Kwok Organizations: Reuters, Corona, Brussels Airlines, Zaventem, REUTERS, Benetton, Australian Bureau, Statistics, Group, SoftBank Group Locations: MILAN, MELBOURNE, Brussels, Belgium, sunseekers, Paris, Asia, France, United Kingdom, Europe, United States, Genoa, Rome, Italy, Victoria, China, Swedish, London
LONDON (Reuters) - Former London Stock Exchange boss Xavier Rolet has joined a newly-launched “blank check” company that is hunting for technology deals across Europe under the leadership of ex Barclays banker Makram Azar. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoThe special purpose acquisition company, named Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp, will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange with a fundraising goal of $250 million (187 million pounds), a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) showed. Rolet, who left the LSE in 2017, will serve as an independent director of the new vehicle, the SEC filing showed. Golden Falcon will focus primarily on companies in Europe providing a wide spectrum of technology expertise. The special purpose acquisition company is offering up to 28.7 million units - inclusive of a greenshoe option - at $10 apiece.
Persons: Xavier Rolet, Makram Azar, Mike Blake, Azar, Golden Falcon, Scott Freidheim, Golden, Dominique D’Hinnin, Mikael Breuer, Weil Organizations: London Stock Exchange, Barclays, REUTERS, Falcon Acquisition, New York Stock Exchange, U.S . Securities, Exchange Commission, SEC, LSE, KKR, Golden, EMEA, Barclays Bank PLC, Eutelsat, Marylebone Partners, UBS, Moelis, EarlyBirdCapital Locations: Europe, Beverly Hills , California, U.S, East, North Africa
Breakingviews - Cox: Mediobanca could be UniCredit’s white knight
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Rob Cox | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - Enrico Cuccia founded Mediobanca after World War Two as a bulwark for Italian capitalism against the confiscatory hands of an increasingly meddlesome government. A logo of Mediobanca is pictured at Mediobanca headquarters in Milan, Italy, November 12, 2019. Now that Mustier has gone, investors have concluded UniCredit will inevitably do Rome’s bidding and decimated its stock price. Mediobanca would likely need shareholder approval to issue a flood of new stock to UniCredit shareholders. For UniCredit, though, Mediobanca could be a kind of white knight, freeing the board from a shotgun marriage, brokered by Rome, with Monte Paschi and its concomitant black hole of legal liabilities and non-performing loans.
Persons: Enrico Cuccia, UniCredit, Jean Pierre Mustier didn’t, Intesa, Carlo Messina, Palazzo Chigi, Giuseppe Conte, Monte Paschi, Mustier, Mediobanca, Alberto Nagel, Nagel, There’s, Pier Carlo Padoan, Rome, Leonardo Del Vecchio, isn’t, Cuccia, Monte Organizations: Reuters, Bank of Italy, Treasury, Banca Monte dei, Intesa’s, Compass, Mustier, La Scala Locations: ZURICH, Rome, Milan, Italy, Siena, Monte, UniCredit, Paris, Germany, Austria, Europe, Montedison, Monte Paschi
Bentley hires jets to fly car parts to Britain during Brexit
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: A Bentley logo is pictured on a Continental model car during the 88th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2018. “We used to run just-in-time with two days stock. Now we have 14 days stock. If Britain fails to secure a negotiated trade agreement with European policymakers, Bentley would be able to absorb 10% import tariffs by raising prices and cutting costs. “Overall we are in a position where we will do well over 10,000 sales this year,” he said via Webcast.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Adrian Hallmark, ” Hallmark, Bentley, Hallmark, , Organizations: Bentley, Volkswagen, European Union, Geneva, REUTERS, Westminster, Union, Financial, Hallmark Locations: FRANKFURT, Britain, Geneva, Switzerland, Brussels, Europe, Manchester, breakeven, China, United States
Austria allows Christmas skiing, effectively for locals only
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Francois Murphy | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria on Wednesday chose a middle way in its standoff with neighbouring countries on whether skiing over Christmas is safe, by letting resorts reopen on Christmas Eve but making ski holidays virtually impossible. Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks during a news conference, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Vienna, Austria December 2, 2020. Despite that, Italy has said it will keep resorts shut over the Christmas and New Year holidays for fear of infections accelerating again. It called for a European agreement on closures backed by Germany, which has few resorts but many skiers who flock to foreign resorts, but Austria opposed it. As of Monday, shops, museums and libraries in Austria will be allowed to reopen and primary schools will return to in-person learning.
Persons: Sebastian Kurz, Leonhard Foeger, Jens Spahn Organizations: Wednesday, REUTERS, , European Centre for Disease Prevention Locations: VIENNA, Austria, Vienna, Italy, Germany, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Europe, Austrian
These devices, which are unlikely to save the lives of critically-ill COVID-19 patients, cost on average about $7,900 each. Combat Medical, the maker of one of the models, said its device could help less acute COVID-19 patients. According to its specifications and experts familiar with the device, the pNeuton is not suitable for intubating severe COVID-19 patients with ARDS over a long period of time. But California, according to the state’s department of public health, needed more full-featured ventilators, prompting it to go back to the national stockpile. Ford referred questions about the machine’s capabilities to General Electric, which declined to comment on whether it was suitable for treating COVID-19 patients with ARDS.
Persons: ” Sajid Manzoor, , ventilators, Michael Christian, Alex Azar, Donald Trump, , Ford, Richard Branson, Branson Organizations: U.S . Strategic, Reuters, ARDS, American College of Chest Physicians, World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Health, Human Services, HHS, Strategic, WHO, Combat, Manufacturers, Rom Holdings, ResMed Inc, General Electric Co, Ford Motor Co, General Electric, University of Cincinnati Locations: U.S, ARDS, Baltimore, United States, London, China, Europe, ICUs, , California, But California
Container Rates From Asia to Europe Climb to 10-Year High
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Costas Paris | ) www.wsj.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Container freight rates across the world’s busiest ocean trade route have soared to a 10-year high, adding to strains on major shipping lanes as Western retailers rush to restock ahead of the year-end holidays. The average spot-market price to ship a 20-foot box from Asia to Europe hit $2,091 this week, according to the Shanghai Shipping Exchange, surpassing the $2,000 mark for the first time since May 2010. Newsletter Sign-up The Logistics Report Top news and in-depth analysis on the world of logistics, from supply chain to transport and technology. PREVIEWThe surge follows a sharp increase in rates from Asia to the U.S., where they reached record highs in September ahead of holiday-season restocking efforts. Regulators in the U.S. and Asia have warned that they will investigate allegations of anticompetitive practices or delays in moving cargo.
Persons: , Jonathan Roach, Roach, Mr, , Platts, Savills, Costas Paris Organizations: Shanghai Shipping Exchange, London, ACM Shipbroking, , Regulators, European Union, Inc, U.S ., Big U.S, costas.paris Locations: Asia, Europe, U.S, London, Kent, Big
FILE PHOTO: CEO Hakan Samuelsson is photographed in Volvo Cars factory that is to restart the production after a standstill due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation, in Torslanda, Gothenburg, Sweden April 17,2020. Adam Ihse/TT News Agency/via REUTERS/File PhotoFRANKFURT (Reuters) - Talks on a merger or alliance between Sweden’s Volvo Cars and China’s Geely are likely to resume next year, Volvo Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson said on Wednesday. “Volvo is of course very proud..and Geely is very proud of their brand and they of course also don’t want to be part of a more European constellation. It is an opportunity to form some sort of an alliance,” Samuelsson said. Geely has access to a lot of very efficient suppliers in China and there is potential to do more together with them, Samuelsson said.
Persons: Hakan Samuelsson, Adam Ihse, Geely, Samuelsson, ” Samuelsson, Organizations: Volvo Cars, TT, Agency, FRANKFURT, Sweden’s Volvo, Volvo, Shanghai’s New Star Market, Financial Times, Car, Ford Locations: Torslanda, Gothenburg, Sweden, China, Ford Europe
LONDON/MILAN/MELBOURNE (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. The small WeWork rival on Wednesday raised 300 million pounds in funky debt that converts into equity, having tapped investors for 320 million pounds in fresh equity in May. But following the May fundraising he had nearly 900 million pounds to deploy. Trouble-hit Autostrade per l’Italia’s $1.5 billion eight-year bond issue, the first in three years, drew demand worth three times that amount. By buying the notes, investors are signalling that they believe that Autostrade can ride by both the concession row and the pandemic.
Persons: Voi, Mark Dixon, Aimee Donnellan, It’s, Lisa Jucca, Josh Frydenberg, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Karen Kwok Organizations: Reuters, Corona, Benetton, Australian Bureau, Statistics, Group, SoftBank Group Locations: MILAN, MELBOURNE, Tel Aviv, Israel, l’Italia, Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, United States, Asia, Genoa, Rome, Italy, Victoria, China, Swedish, Paris, London
A gloomy Christmas in store for Gaza handicraft workshop
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Nidal Al-Mughrabi | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
GAZA (Reuters) - It’s not going to be a very merry Christmas this year for a handicraft workshop in Islamist-run Gaza that has been an unlikely source of gifts for the holiday. A Palestinian woman wearing face veil, niqab, works on a Christmas-themed doll in a handicraft workshop, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in the northern Gaza Strip December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammed SalemCoronavirus lockdowns have made it difficult for the Zeina Cooperative Association to export its hand-crafted Christmas gifts from Gaza to Europe and to the Palestinian town of Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. “We have tried to make changes to some of our products to adjust to the current situation we are living amid the coronavirus (outbreak),” she added. Some 1,000 Christians, mostly Greek Orthodox who celebrate Christmas in January, live in Gaza, which is run by the Islamist Hamas movement.
Persons: It’s, Mohammed Salem Coronavirus, Claus, , Haneen Alsammak, Laila Tayeh Organizations: REUTERS, Zeina Cooperative Association, West Bank Locations: GAZA, Gaza, Europe, Bethlehem
Two women missing as migrant boat sinks off Greek island of Lesbos
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
ATHENS (Reuters) - Two women were missing after a dinghy carrying dozens of people sank off the island of Lesbos on Wednesday, a Greek coastguard official said, as more migrants fleeing conflict and poverty attempt to enter Europe. Sea crossings on overcrowded boats are often hazardous and last month, the Greek coastguard found the body of a migrant near a half-sunken vessel on the Aegean island of Rhodes. And in September at least three people drowned when a boat carrying migrants sank off the island of Crete. Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said the EU-Turkey deal was being violated and human lives were being put at risk. Turkey’s coastguard said it had intercepted a vessel carrying migrants in the area on Tuesday and had taken 31 people into custody.
Persons: Notis Mitarachi, Mitarachi Organizations: Greek coastguard, Reuters, European Union, Turkey’s coastguard Locations: ATHENS, Lesbos, Europe, Greece, Turkey, Ankara, Rhodes, Crete, EU, Turkish
One dead after migrant boat sinks off Greek island of Lesbos
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
ATHENS (Reuters) - One woman drowned when a dinghy carrying dozens of people sank off the island of Lesbos on Wednesday, Greek coastguard officials said, as more migrants fleeing conflict and poverty attempt to enter Europe. Sea crossings on overcrowded boats are often hazardous and last month, the Greek coastguard found the body of a migrant near a half-sunken vessel on the Aegean island of Rhodes. And in September at least three people drowned when a boat carrying migrants sank off the island of Crete. Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said the EU-Turkey deal was being violated and human lives were being put at risk. Turkey’s coastguard said it had intercepted a vessel carrying migrants in the area on Tuesday and had taken 31 people into custody.
Persons: Notis Mitarachi, Mitarachi Organizations: Greek coastguard, European Union, Turkey’s coastguard Locations: ATHENS, Lesbos, Europe, Greece, Turkey, Ankara, Rhodes, Crete, EU, Turkish
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator told member states’ envoys on Wednesday that negotiations on a trade deal with Britain were reaching “a make-or-break moment”, and they urged him not to be rushed into an unsatisfactory agreement. “Swift progress is of the essence,” David McAllister, who chairs a Brexit group in the European Parliament, said on Twitter. EU rules for the internal market and the EU Customs Union will not apply to Britain from Jan. 1. “DON’T RUSH”Another senior EU diplomat said several member states would rather see negotiations continue past the end of the transition phase even if that means a brief “no deal” period. A third EU diplomat said it was still unclear whether negotiators could bridge the gaps on the three main sticking points but some member states were becoming “a bit jittery”.
Persons: Michel Barnier, , , Barnier, ” David McAllister, “ DON’T Organizations: Reuters, Twitter, Council, EU Customs Union, EU, London Locations: BRUSSELS, Britain, EU, Europe, London
EU criticises 'hasty' UK approval of COVID-19 vaccine
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Francesco Guarascio | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union criticised Britain’s rapid approval of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, saying its own procedure was more thorough, after Britain became the first western country to endorse a COVID-19 shot. FILE PHOTO: A dose of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination of BioNTech and Pfizer is pictured in this undated handout photo, as Britain became the first western country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, in Mainz, Germany. Pfizer UK Country Manager Ben Osborn said, “We have provided complete data packages, the unblinded data, to both regulators. Asked about the emergency procedure used by Britain, he said EU countries had opted for a more thorough procedure to boost confidence in vaccines. Under EU rules, the Pfizer vaccine must be authorised by the EMA, but EU countries can use an emergency procedure that allows them to distribute a vaccine at home for temporary use.
Persons: Britain’s, BioNTech’s, Boris Johnson, Ben Osborn, , , Raine, Jens Spahn, Guido Rasi, Peter Liese, Angela Merkel’s, Liese, Tiemo Wolken Organizations: European Union, Pfizer, BioNTech, REUTERS, UK, European Medicines Agency, drugmaker Pfizer Inc, European Commission, EU, Pfizer UK, Britain’s Medicines, Healthcare, Agency, EMA Locations: BRUSSELS, Britain, Mainz, Germany, British, U.S, Italian, Europe
European governments took a step closer to shutting down the Christmas ski season in the Alps, in an attempt to prevent vacationers from reigniting the continent’s Covid-19 pandemic like last summer. The decision by Austria, Europe’s biggest destination for international ski tourism, follows a diplomatic clash over whether it is safe to let people ski the Alps. Berlin, Rome and Paris have pressured Austria to join a continentwide crackdown on ski trips. Alpine tourism was a major spreader of coronavirus infections in early 2020. After Europe slowed infections to a trickle with stringent lockdowns this spring, a return to mass travel for summer vacations contributed greatly to a resurgence in coronavirus cases.
Locations: Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Europe’s, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Europe
FILE PHOTO: Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza speaks to reporters after European health ministers from neighbouring countries to Italy held a meeting to discuss Italy's coronavirus outbreak, in Rome, Italy, February 25, 2020. Italy saw 684 coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday, down from 785 on Tuesday, and 20,709 new infections, the health ministry reported earlier. The first Western country hit by the virus, Italy has seen 57,045 COVID-19 fatalities since its outbreak emerged in February, the second highest toll in Europe after Britain’s. Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Wednesday the government had options to buy 202 million COVID-19 vaccine shots from various companies and was awaiting clearance for their usage from European Union drug authorities. It seems likely that from January we will have the first vaccines,” Speranza told the upper house Senate.
Persons: Roberto Speranza, Remo Casilli, Sandra Zampa, , Giuseppe Conte, ” Speranza Organizations: Italian Health, REUTERS, Junior Health, Health, European Union Locations: ROME, Italy, Rome, Remo Casilli Italy, Europe
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Joshua Wong, 24, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists, was jailed on Wednesday for 13-1/2 months after pleading guilty to charges of organising and inciting an unlawful assembly during last year’s anti-government protests. FILE PHOTO: Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow arrive at the Eastern Court by police van after being arrested on suspicion for organising illegal protests, in Hong Kong, China August 30, 2019. A familiar face at Hong Kong protests, Wong is also no stranger to jail. The bespectacled activist was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his leading role in the Umbrella movement. In 2018, he was sentenced to a second jail term of three months for what a judge described as his “leading” role in protests.
Persons: Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, van, Tyrone Siu, JOSHUA WONG, Wong, Hong, ” Wong Organizations: Reuters, Eastern, REUTERS, Tyrone, Umbrella, Hong, China Locations: HONG KONG, Hong Kong, China, Beijing, city’s, United States, Europe, Demosisto
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