Fresh blow for AstraZeneca as vaccine is linked to another dangerous blood condition in Europe

Another dangerous blood condition has been spotted in patients given the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, the EU’s medical regulator has announced.  The European Medicines Authority said five cases of capillary leak syndrome had been reported in vaccinated patients on the continent. The rare condition sees blood leak from tiny vessels into muscles and body cavities, resulting … Read more

Life expectancy plunges across the Europe in 2020 amid Covid pandemic

Life expectancy plunges across Europe with England, Spain, Italy and Belgium seeing their average drop by more than a year in 2020 amid Covid pandemic Biggest drop in life expectancy was in Spain, with a loss of 1.6 years from 2019   Denmark and Finland were the only states to see a rise in the statistic … Read more

Europe Covid vaccines: Regulator probes Sputnik V over ethical concerns

EU is investigating claims Russia’s Sputnik V trials contravened ethical and scientific standards and test subjects were ‘forced to take part’ European Medicines Agency will probe whether ‘volunteers’ were pressured to take part in Sputnik V vaccine trials in Russia  Comes after texts were uncovered showing boss of government office berating his staff for failing … Read more

Is this the oldest map in Europe? Stone slab with markings made 4,000 years ago shows part of France

Is this the oldest map in Europe? Giant stone slab with markings etched 4,000 years ago depicts a region of France during the Bronze Age A stone slab forgotten for a century has been deemed the oldest map in Europe The stone slab dates back to some 4,000 years ago during the Bronze Age  It … Read more

British expats ‘being denied basic services in Europe due to post-Brexit red tape’

Britons in Europe are being denied access bank accounts, jobs, healthcare and university places as due to post-Brexit red tape – even though access to those services is guaranteed under the withdrawal agreement.  Those living in Spain, Italy and France say they have been hit by new rules which are poorly understood by local officials … Read more

Covid Europe: Italy enters strict three-day lockdown while France begins four week national shutdown

Italy and France entered strict lockdowns today, with both countries struggling to cope with a dramatic rise in Covid-19 cases that has overwhelmed hospitals.  In Italy, the country entered a three-day Easter lockdown to prevent a surge in infections over the bank holiday weekend. The entire country is now in the ‘red zone’ – the … Read more

Britain WON’T suffer devastating third wave of Covid gripping Europe, public health expert says 

Professor Linda Bauld, public health researcher at the University of Edinburgh Britain probably won’t suffer a third wave of Covid like the one tearing through Europe right now, a top public health expert said today. Edinburgh University’s Professor Linda Bauld expects the UK’s advanced vaccine programme and the incoming spring to help control the virus. … Read more

Covid France: Emmanuel Macron announces 7pm curfew as third wave surges across Europe

France will enter a third national lockdown for four weeks, French president Emmanuel Macron announced in an address to the nation on Wednesday night. The decision comes as a third wave of Covid-19 – blamed largely on the so-called ‘British variant’ of the virus – surges across Europe and countries face a race against time to … Read more

Covid cases surge in Europe as France extends lockdown

France has extended its coronavirus lockdown, while Germany has started to demand negative tests from French visitors before allowing them to cross the border as a third wave of Covid-19 infections ‘could be the worst so far’ in Europe. On Friday, France reported 41,869 new COVID-19 cases after registering 45,641 on Thursday and 35,088 a … Read more

Make EU-r minds up! Von Der Leyen STILL insists AstraZeneca must ‘catch-up’ deliveries to Europe

European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen has insisted that AstraZeneca must ‘catch-up’ on its deliveries to the Continent before it is allowed to export vaccines to the UK. EU leaders stopped short of voting for an outright export ban amid bitter squabbling at a crunch virtual summit hosted by Brussels on Thursday evening. Von … Read more