‘Unacceptable’: 6 EU countries urge bloc to address Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine delays, as Canada also flags supply issues

Six EU governments have written to the bloc’s executive to call for action as deliveries of Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech are being delayed, while supply issues have also been reported in Canada. … Read More >‘Unacceptable’: 6 EU countries urge bloc to address Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine delays, as Canada also flags supply issues

12hr Covid curfews announced for all of France for at least 15 days, PM says pressure on hospitals is ‘high’

The entirety of France will be placed under a 6pm-6am curfew for at least 15 days from Saturday in a bid to ease the pressure of Covid-19 on the country’s health system, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday. … Read More >12hr Covid curfews announced for all of France for at least 15 days, PM says pressure on hospitals is ‘high’

France only has enough Covid jabs to vaccinate 2.4 million people by end of February, says Health Minister

The French Health Minister has given a further damning assessment of the nation’s inoculation program against Covid-19, noting that, at best, only four million people will be offered a vaccine before the end of February. … Read More >France only has enough Covid jabs to vaccinate 2.4 million people by end of February, says Health Minister

Pfizer reducing Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to Europe while it steps up production, Norway says

Drug manufacturer Pfizer will temporarily cut deliveries of its Covid-19 vaccine to Europe so it can upgrade production capacity from 1.3 billion doses a year to 2 billion, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) has said. … Read More >Pfizer reducing Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to Europe while it steps up production, Norway says

‘We see nothing alarming,’ says Norwegian drugs regulator, after 13 deaths linked to Pfizer vaccine jabs

At least 13 people have died in Norway due to side effects of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, the national medicines regulator has revealed. All were frail and elderly people who had unusually strong reactions to the jabs. … Read More >‘We see nothing alarming,’ says Norwegian drugs regulator, after 13 deaths linked to Pfizer vaccine jabs

Germany will have lockdown beyond January & new travel restrictions, but no mandatory vaccination – health minister

Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn has said the situation with Covid-19 is too dangerous to start relaxing restrictions by the end of January. But he rejected the idea of making vaccination mandatory. … Read More >Germany will have lockdown beyond January & new travel restrictions, but no mandatory vaccination – health minister

Italy kicks off its BIGGEST mafia trial in 30 years, 350+ defendants slated to testify via video link & in person

Hundreds of suspected mobsters and associates, including former politicians, are slated to be brought before a court as Italy’s biggest mafia trial in three decades begins on Wednesday. … Read More >Italy kicks off its BIGGEST mafia trial in 30 years, 350+ defendants slated to testify via video link & in person