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Slideshow ( 3 images )BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will begin discussions on Monday on how best to improve transatlantic relations after the departure of U.S. President Donald Trump, EU officials said. Those areas on health, notably fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting the economic recovery, combating climate change, promoting peace and security and upholding shared values, including a belief in multilateral rules. EU leaders are expected to debate transatlantic relations when they convene for a summit on Dec. 10-11. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the United States and the European Union need to forge a new transatlantic alliance in areas such as climate change and the digital economy. Von der Leyen said the EU was looking forward to the United States rejoining the Paris agreement, which Biden has said he will do.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Charles Michel, Biden, Ursula von der Leyen, Trump, Von der Leyen Organizations: European Union, Trump, Belgian, European Council Locations: BRUSSELS, United States, Paris, Iran, America
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will begin discussions on Monday on how best to “renew and reinvigorate” transatlantic relations after the departure of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to an internal document seen by Reuters. “The EU should agree a set of concrete priorities on which to engage the new US leadership,” it said. EU leaders are expected to debate transatlantic relations when they convene for a summit on Dec. 10-11. However, one EU diplomat cautioned against any assumption that the EU and the United States would agree on all issues. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the EU is looking forward to the United States rejoining the Paris agreement, which Biden has said he will do.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump, , , Biden, Charles Michel, Ursula von der Leyen Organizations: European Union, Reuters, EU, U.S, European Commission, Financial Times, Belgian, European Council Locations: BRUSSELS, Europe, United States, Paris, Iran, Washington, United, China
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union members debated on Monday how best to “renew and reinvigorate” transatlantic relations after the departure of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to an internal document seen by Reuters. “The EU should agree a set of concrete priorities on which to engage the new US leadership,” it said. Despite divisions between EU members - with France seeking more autonomy from Washington and eastern Europe keen to keep the United States close - there was broad agreement on the focus areas on Monday, an EU official said. However, one EU diplomat cautioned against any assumption that the EU and the United States would agree on all issues. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the EU is looking forward to the United States rejoining the Paris agreement, which Biden has said he will do.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump, , , Biden, Charles Michel, Ursula von der Leyen Organizations: Union, Reuters, EU, U.S, European Commission, European Locations: BRUSSELS, France, Washington, Europe, United States, China, Paris, Iran, United
European shares muted at end of stellar month; eyes on Brexit
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Susan Mathew | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, November 25, 2020. London’s blue-chip stocks outperformed regional peers to trade up 0.2% as healthcare and industrial shares gained. France’s CAC 40 has jumped almost 22% this month, while Spain’s IBEX and Italy’s MIB gained around 25% each. “The markets have moved so aggressively this month, and there isn’t anything really there to cause any further significant rally,” said Connor Campbell, a financial analyst at Spreadex. At the bottom of the STOXX 600 was Dutch bank ABN Amro, down 4.7% after saying it would cut almost 3,000 jobs by 2024.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen, Joe Biden’s, , Connor Campbell Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Staff, EU, U.S, CAC, MIB, Royal, ABN Amro Locations: Frankfurt, Germany, China, Europe, Dutch, Ireland
Europe's Christmas dilemma: risk empty chairs next year?
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
BRUSSELS — Please leave a chair empty at this year's family Christmas dinner as a precaution, or face the possibility of having that chair empty forever. That's the stark dilemma Belgium's prime minister has set to urge smaller festive family gatherings, as Europeans battle with containing the surging COVID-19 pandemic over the holiday season. Britain, with the continent's highest death rate at 57,031 yet a Christmas tradition unlike few others, could not resist the temptation of relaxation. Like Belgium, Italy, where the pandemic initially struck hard in Europe, is taking a hard line at Christmas. In Oberndorf, home of the world's most famous Christmas carol, they hope its lyrics will not be taken too literally.
Persons: Alexander De Croo, , Santa Claus, I’d, Alexis — Santa, Michael Gove, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel, Karl Lauterbach, Steven Van Gucht, Sciensano, Remi Salomon, Croo, there’s, Michiel, . Virginia, Pope Francis Organizations: European Union, NBC, EU Commission, U.S, Pfizer, German, Anadolu Agency, Getty, University of Cologne, Belgian Army, Michiel Hospital, ., . Virginia Mayo, Vatican Locations: BRUSSELS, France, Britain, Europe, Germany, Paris, Belgium, Italy, Christmastime, Brussels, Austria
Polish PM confirms readiness to veto EU budget
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday that Poland was ready to veto the new European Union budget in a dispute over EU efforts to link the allocation of funds to respect for the rule of law. “I... reaffirmed our readiness to veto the new budget if we do not find a solution that is good for the EU as a whole, not just for some of its members,” Morawiecki wrote on his Facebook page. The European Union is currently investigating the nationalist governments of Poland and Hungary for undermining the independence of their judiciaries and media. Brussels has sought to attach conditions to the disbursement of EU cash. The two allies issued a joint declaration saying the EU could not attach rule-of-law conditions to funds unless the bloc changed its founding treaty.
Persons: Mateusz Morawiecki, Angela Merkel, , ” Morawiecki, Viktor Orban, Piotr Muller, Morawiecki, Ursula von der Leyen Organizations: Polish, European Union, EU, European, , Hungarian Locations: WARSAW, Poland, Hungary, Brussels, Budapest
Polish and Hungarian PMs stick to their guns on EU budget veto
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )The two countries have said the EU cannot tie funds to the maintenance of democratic standards without changing its founding treaty, digging in their heels after vetoing the EU budget and recovery fund earlier this month. They are blocking about 1.8 trillion euros ($2.15 trillion) worth of EU funds, including hundreds of billions due to be disbursed soon to help pull the 27-country bloc out of a double-dip recession caused by a second wave of COVID-19. The European Union is currently investigating both nationalist governments for undermining the independence of their judiciaries and media. European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer confirmed von der Leyen, the EU’s chief executive, had received the letter, and he said the position of the Commission has not changed. An EU diplomat said after a discussion about the budget among EU ambassadors in Brussels that the situation was “difficult” and that nobody had expressed support for the Polish and Hungarian position.
Persons: , ” Morawiecki, Angela Merkel, Viktor Orban, Piotr Muller, Morawiecki, Ursula von der Leyen, Eric Mamer, von der Leyen, Organizations: European Union, EU, Hungarian, European, , European Council Locations: WARSAW, BUDAPEST, Poland, Hungary, Brussels, Polish, EU
African envoys due to meet Ethiopian PM as war ultimatum expires
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed waits for the arrival of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen before their meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia December 7, 2019. The envoys were due to meet Abiy at 11 a.m. (0800 GMT), Redwan Hussein, spokesman of the government’s State of Emergency Task Force for the Tigray conflict, said. TRENCHESThere was no indication that the Ethiopian military had entered the city of Mekelle. “Warnings don’t absolve the Ethiopian military of the duty to protect civilians during military operations in urban areas,” Roth tweeted on Thursday. Abiy accuses Tigrayan leaders of starting the war by attacking federal troops at a base in Tigray three weeks ago.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Ursula von der Leyen, Redwan Hussein, Cyril Ramaphosa, Abiy, Ahmed Shide, , France24, Kenneth Roth, ” Roth, Tigrayan, Tigrayans Organizations: Ethiopian, Ethiopia's, REUTERS, Tiksa, United Nations, Abiy, Emergency, Force, Reuters, Finance, Human Rights Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mekelle, government’s, South, Eritrea, Horn of Africa, Sudan
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government will protect civilians in the northern region of Tigray, he told African peace envoys on Friday, a day after he announced the military was beginning the “final phase” of an offensive there. FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed waits for the arrival of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen before their meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia December 7, 2019. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said such efforts were not akin to protecting civilians from harm. In September, before the Tigray hostilities began, the U.N. migration agency IOM said conflict had displaced more than 1.2 million Ethiopians around the country. Abiy accuses Tigrayan leaders of starting the war by attacking federal troops at a base in Tigray three weeks ago.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed’s, Abiy Ahmed, Ursula von der Leyen, Abiy, Ellen Johnson, Joaquim Chissano, Mekelle, Ahmed Shide, , France24, Kenneth Roth, Tigrayan Organizations: Ethiopian, Ethiopia's, REUTERS, Tiksa, Union, United Nations, Reuters, Human Rights, Twitter, IOM Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Liberia, Mozambique, Kgalema, South Africa, Eritrea, Horn of Africa, Sudan, Ethiopia’s Tigray
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier will travel to London late on Friday in a last-ditch attempt to reach a Brexit trade deal as the two sides try to resolve differences over fishing and competition policy. FILE PHOTO: The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier looks on as he addresses the European Economic and Social Committee, at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium October 30, 2019. “Travelling to London this evening to continue talks.”In a closed-door meeting for national diplomats in Brussels, Barnier said he was not able to say yet whether a new UK trade deal would be ready in time, a source told Reuters. Britain formally left the EU on Jan. 31 but has been in a transition period since then under which rules on trade, travel and business remain unchanged. The two are trying to strike a trade deal on goods that would safeguard nearly $1 trillion in annual trade and the peace in British-ruled Northern Ireland.
Persons: Michel Barnier, Yves Herman, ” Barnier, Barnier, Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen Organizations: LONDON, Union, Economic, Social, EU, REUTERS, Belgian, Twitter, , Reuters, U.S, British, European Commission Locations: BRUSSELS, London, Brussels, Belgium, United Kingdom, Britain, Northern Ireland, U.S, Europe
The two sides will shortly resume face-to-face negotiations after they had to be suspended last week when one of EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier’s team tested positive for the coronavirus. One EU diplomat said there are “only a few days left” for the talks, which have previously continued through numerous broken deadlines. But Barnier was reluctant to go down the contingency route as he still believes a deal can be struck, another EU diplomat said. BREXIT DEAL? The two sides are trying to strike a trade deal on goods that would safeguard nearly $1 trillion in annual trade and the peace in British-ruled Northern Ireland.
Persons: Michel Barnier, Yves Herman, Michel Barnier’s, Boris Johnson, ” Barnier, David Frost, , , Barnier, Ursula von der Leyen, Joe Biden, Von der Leyen Organizations: LONDON, European Union, Economic, Social, EU, REUTERS, Twitter, , Reuters, British, European Commission, U.S Locations: BRUSSELS, Britain, EU, London, Brussels, Belgium, United Kingdom, British, Europe, Northern Ireland, U.S
Puzzle with printed EU and UK flags is seen in this illustration taken November 13, 2019. “FEW DAYS LEFT”Britain formally left the EU on Jan. 31 but has been in a transition period since then under which rules on trade, travel and business remain unchanged. One EU diplomat said there are “only a few days left” for the talks, which have previously continued through numerous broken deadlines. Von der Leyen said on Wednesday the EU was ready for a no-deal Brexit if necessary. The two sides are trying to strike a trade deal on goods that would safeguard nearly $1 trillion in annual trade and buttress peace in British-ruled Northern Ireland.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Michel Barnier’s, Boris Johnson, ” Barnier, David Frost, , ” Frost, , Barnier, Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen, Von der Leyen, Joe Biden Organizations: LONDON, European Union, REUTERS, Twitter, , European Commission, EU, U.S Locations: BRUSSELS, Britain, EU, London, United Kingdom, British, Brussels, Europe, Northern Ireland, U.S
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Europe Begins to Ease Lockdowns Before the Holidays France, parts of Britain and other nations are relaxing virus restrictions. And public health experts worried that even with the daily death toll already soaring, the nation could expect harder days to come. The military has worked behind the scenes to bring a virus vaccine to the public. Public health experts said the state’s success was proof that when the public adhered to strict regulations, the virus could successfully be eliminated. A closed cafe in London this month on the first day of England’s lockdown restrictions.
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Covid-19 Updates: Los Angeles County Bans Private Gatherings of Multiple Households U.S. hospitals, with dwindling staff, have been pushed to the brink. Los Angeles County officials have been gradually tightening health restrictions, though not yet to the shutdown levels imposed early in the pandemic. The Times analysis has uncovered more than 724,000 coronavirus cases infecting people at some 27,000 long-term care facilities. — Alex Lemonides, Jordan Allen, Alex Leeds Matthews andBritain moves to quickly approve a coronavirus vaccine with unclear test results. A researcher in a laboratory at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England, working on the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.
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Britain says Brexit trade deal can be reached, but not at any cost
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Simon DawsonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union can clinch a Brexit trade deal and the shape of one is clear, but London will not sign up to an accord at any cost, Britain’s finance minister said on Thursday. With just five weeks left until the United Kingdom finally exits the EU’s orbit, both sides are trying to reach a trade deal that would avoid a tumultuous finale to the five-year Brexit crisis. “With a constructive attitude and goodwill on all sides we can get there,” finance minister Rishi Sunak told Sky. European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday the EU was ready for the possibility of Britain leaving it without a new trade accord despite “genuine progress” in the tortuous Brexit talks.
Persons: Rishi Sunak, Simon Dawson, ” Sunak, Ursula von der Leyen, Michel Barnier, Barnier, David Frost Organizations: REUTERS, Simon Dawson LONDON, European Union, LBC, Commission, EU, European Locations: Downing, London, Britain, United Kingdom, EU, Brussels
UK says on Brexit trade deal: We can get there but not at any cost
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union can clinch a Brexit trade deal and the shape of one is clear but London will not sign up to an accord at any cost, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s finance minister said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 25, 2020. “With a constructive attitude and goodwill on all sides we can get there,” Sunak told Sky. “It’s clear what the shape of the deal looks like.”“It is preferable” to get a deal, Sunak told LBC radio. An official involved in the negotiations said a deal was possible, but not likely before the weekend at the earliest.
Persons: Boris Johnson’s, Rishi Sunak, Simon Dawson, ” Sunak, Sunak, Ursula von der Leyen, Michel Barnier Organizations: European Union, REUTERS, LBC, European Commission, EU Locations: Britain, London, Downing, United Kingdom, EU
LONDON (Reuters) - European shares were mixed on Thursday and world shares held near all-time highs after a strong Asian session in which market euphoria around COVID-19 vaccines, Joe Biden’s U.S. presidential election win and hopes for further stimulus outweighed worsening U.S. data. FILE PHOTO: People walk past the London Stock Exchange Group offices in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. Euro zone government bonds were little changed, with Germany’s benchmark Bund yield at -0.571%, as investors waited for the European Central Bank’s October meeting minutes. Oil prices slipped, stalling a rally which saw futures hit 8-month highs on Wednesday. Gold prices picked up as investors bet that the grim U.S. economic data would lead to further stimulus.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Toby Melville, Europe’s, , Lee Hardman, Biden, Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen Organizations: London Stock Exchange Group, City of, REUTERS, U.S, U.S . Federal, U.S ., European Union, European Commission, Central Locations: COVID, City, City of London, Britain, U.S ., London, U.S, Europe, United Kingdom
PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) - Countries around the world agonised over new coronavirus curbs ahead of Christmas and other holidays as global infections approached 60 million on Wednesday and U.S. officials pleaded with Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving. “All the Thanksgiving travel ensures no one will catch us, either,” said Dr. Tatiana Prowell of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Hopes for a successful vaccine, boosted by Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna, have given world stock markets a lift. Italy reported 853 deaths related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, soaring from 630 the day before and the highest daily toll since March 28. The United States has the world’s highest COVID death toll at nearly 260,000, with more than 1.4 million infections and its hospitals fast filling up.
Persons: Ivan Pierre Aguirre, , Tatiana Prowell, ” Prowell, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, , It’s, Christophe Boucher, Macron, Rishi Sunak, Ursula von der Leyen, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Biden Organizations: PARIS, University of Texas El, REUTERS, , Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Twitter, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Air France, KLM, Air, , U.S, United Locations: BERLIN, University of Texas El Paso, El Paso , Texas, U.S, United States, Germany, Italy, France, Air France, United Kingdom, ” Lithuania, Norway
PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) - Countries around the world are scrambling to finalise vaccine deals as the global number of coronavirus infections approached 60 million on Wednesday, scientists urged caution and U.S. officials pleaded with Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving. REUTERS/Lee Smith/File PhotoThe holiday weekend is expected to fuel a surge of infections in the United States, which leads the world with soaring COVID-19 infections and the daily toll on Tuesday climbing above 2,000, the highest 24-hour tally since early May. Hopes for a successful vaccine, boosted by Pfizer, AstraZenica and Moderna, have boosted world stock markets. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday a vaccine could start being administered by the end of the year. The United States has the world’s highest COVID death toll at nearly 260,000, with more than 1.4 million infections.
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European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen speaks during a debate on next EU council and last Brexit development during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium November 25, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERSBRUSSELS (Reuters) - Poland and Hungary should ask the European Union’s top court to assess the link between access to EU money and observing the rule of law, instead of blocking the EU’s 2021-2027 budget and recovery plan, the head of the European Commission said. Speaking to the European Parliament, Von der Leyen stressed that the EU’s rule that the bloc’s funds can only be sent to governments that observe the rule of law would be applied only to protect EU budget funds. “We are talking here about the violations of the rule of law that are threatening the EU budget and only that,” she said. They can go to the European Court of Justice and allow the new rules to be tested there,” von der Leyen said.
Persons: Ursula Von Der Leyen, Olivier Hoslet, Ursula von der Leyen, Von der Leyen, , ” von der Leyen Organizations: REUTERS BRUSSELS, European Commission, European Court of Justice, EU Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Warsaw, Budapest, Europe
FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen gives a news briefing at the end of a virtual conference with EU leaders about EU government's measures against the coronavirus disease (COVID19) crisis, in Brussels, Belgium, October 29, 2020. “The next days are going to be decisive,” European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament. But we are not ready to put into question the integrity of our single market,” she said. Negotiators have agreed the outline of a new partnership treaty on goods and services, as well as on transport, she said. In the discussions about state aid, we still have serious issues, for instance when it comes to enforcement,” she said.
Persons: Ursula Von Der Leyen, Olivier Hoslet, , Ursula von der Leyen, Von der Organizations: EU, REUTERS BRUSSELS Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Britain, EU, Union, German
Britain left the EU in January and a status quo transition period expires at the end of this year. The estranged allies are in a last-ditch effort to agree terms to keep trade flowing without tariffs or quotas. An official involved in the negotiations said a deal was possible, but not likely before the weekend at the earliest. The EU needed to be able to retaliate on trade if Britain undercuts labour or environmental standards, she said. Johnson has repeatedly said he wants a deal with the EU, but only if it respects British sovereignty.
Persons: Ursula von der Leyen, ” Ireland’s Micheal Martin, Martin, Von der Leyen, , von der Leyen, , Boris Johnson, Johnson Organizations: Reuters, European Union, European Commission, EU, Britain Locations: BRUSSELS, DUBLIN, Britain, EU, Brussels, British
President-elect Joe Biden has issued Boris Johnson with a further warning about his Brexit plans, saying wants to avoid the emergence of any border between Ireland and the United Kingdom. 'We want to make sure — we've worked too long to get Ireland worked out ... "We want to make sure — we've worked too long to get Ireland worked out," Biden added. "We can't allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit," Biden tweeted on September 16. While Trump was a vocal supporter of Brexit, Biden was firmly opposed to the idea.
Persons: Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, we've, Biden, I've, Ursula von der Leyen, Johnson, Biden's, Trump, Brexit, Tony Blinken Organizations: Democrats, EU, European Commission, U.S Locations: Ireland, United Kingdom, Brussels, London, Wilmington , Delaware, Northern Ireland
The European region accounted for 44% of global new cases and 49% of global new deaths in the past week, according to the latest weekly WHO report, released Tuesday. According to the WHO report, the global acceleration in case incidence has slowed down over the past week, with around 4 million new cases recorded. However, death rates continued to increase, with more than 67,000 new deaths reported across the world. But despite this downward trend, "the European Region remains the largest contributor to new cases and new deaths in the past 7 days," the report said. There were also 15,362 new cases reported in the last day, bringing the total number of cases to 942,442.
Persons: Ursula von der Leyen, Von der Leyen, Robert Koch, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Dominique Michel, Alexander de Croo Organizations: CNN, World Health Organization, WHO, European, EU, European Commission, Moderna, Robert Koch Institute, Johns Hopkins University, The, Belgian National Crisis Centre Locations: Europe, France, United Kingdom, Brussels, Berlin, Germany, Region, Italy, Americas, United States, German, Poland, Covid, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Covent, London, ICUs, Belgian, Belgium, Belgium's
EU secures 160 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Francesco Guarascio | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Union has struck a deal for up to 160 million doses of U.S. firm Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, the head of the European Commission said on Tuesday, taking the EU’s potential stock of COVID-19 shots to nearly 2 billion. The doses would be enough to vaccinate 80 million people as the vaccine is expected to be administered in two doses. An EU official involved in the talks told Reuters last week the EU was seeking a price below $25 per dose for Moderna’s vaccine.. It is the sixth supply deal the EU has negotiated with COVID-19 vaccine makers and takes the total number of doses secured by the bloc to 1.96 billion for its population of around 450 million. It is also in talks to buy U.S. firm Novavax’s potential COVID-19 vaccine.
Persons: Moderna’s, Dado Ruvic, , Ursula von der Leyen, Stephane Bancel, Johnson Organizations: European, European Commission, REUTERS, Moderna, EU, Reuters, Sunday, COVID, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, BioNTech, Sanofi, GSK, Johnson Locations: BRUSSELS, COVID, Brussels
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