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World May 08EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab
The European Union cemented its support for Pfizer-BioNTech and its novel COVID-19 vaccine technology Saturday by agreeing to a massive contract extension for a potential 1.8 billion doses through 2023.
World Apr 02U.S., Iran say they’ll begin indirect talks on nuclear program
The United States and Iran said Friday that they would start indirect talks with other major world powers next week to try to get both countries back into an accord limiting Iran’s nuclear program, nearly three years after President Donald…
Health Mar 16E.U. regulator ‘convinced’ AstraZeneca benefit outweighs risk
The European Medicines Agency urged governments Tuesday not to halt use of the vaccine at a time when the pandemic is still taking thousands of lives each day.
World Mar 12Tussle between U.S., allies over vaccine supply escalates
Even though it is not approved in the U.S., well over 10 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine are stockpiled in the country for domestic use and cannot be exported under the terms of the company’s agreement with the federal government.
World Mar 05E.U., U.S. agree to suspend tariffs over Airbus-Boeing dispute
In a sign of goodwill to rebuild trans-Atlantic relations, the European Union and the United States have decided to suspend tariffs used in the longstanding Airbus-Boeing dispute.
Health Jan 22Belgium bans leisure travel for a month to combat pandemic
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo also says visitors from Britain, South Africa and South America will have to quarantine for ten days to make sure they don't bring dangerous variants into Belgium.
World Jan 21E.U. summit assesses virus restrictions amid worrying reports
European Union's top disease control official said Thursday that urgent action was needed to stave off a new wave of hospitalizations and deaths.
Health Jan 20Delay in Pfizer vaccine shipments frustrate Europe, Canada
Frustration is mounting from Europe to North America over reduced shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine while the U.S. pharmaceutical company increases production capacity at its Belgian plant. Governments say it is costing critical time during the early stages of the…
World Dec 24UK and EU reach post-Brexit trade agreement
Britain and the European Union have struck a provisional free-trade agreement that should avert New Year chaos for cross-border traders and bring a measure of certainty for businesses after years of Brexit turmoil.
World Dec 24UK, EU on cusp of striking Brexit trade deal at last
Negotiators from the European Union and Britain worked through the night and into Christmas Eve to put the finishing touches on a trade deal that should avert a chaotic economic break between the two sides next week.