#European Union

.Portugal
Portugal has already administered 400,000 doses and has an addition 200,000 jabs in store. (Photo Credits: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • European Medicines Agency is scheduled to hold emergency meeting on Thursday
  • World Health Organization has urged countries to continue the vaccination drive 
  • EMA will be discussing if certain measures need to be put in place 

.Paris, France
.Movement of drug doses to wealthier countries has emerged as the biggest challenge in worldwide vaccination against COVID-19. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • US has administred 50 million COVID-19 jabs till January
  • EU plans to inoculate 70% of its adult population by the end of 2021
  • Hong Kong and South Korea kicked off mass vaccination on Friday

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US President Joe Biden made it clear that he prefers the path of traditional diplomacy (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Biden's administration agreed to share a platform to renegotiate the Iran nuclear deal
  • A response statement is awaited  by the Iranian authorities
  • The US ambassador to the UN debunked the claims made by Trump on sanctions imposed on Iran by the UN

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed in Vienna in 2015. (Photo Credit: Representational/ Unsplash)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced "concern" that Iran was failing to meet its obligations
  • Iran has stepped up its nuclear work in violation of the accord
  • The UN nuclear watchdog said last week that Iran had started producing uranium metal in a new violation

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The 737 MAX was a big hit with airlines, becoming Boeing's fastest-selling aircraft until its grounding in 2019. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded for 22 months following two deadly crashes
  • Europe's air safety regulator EASA approved the return of the 737 MAX on January 27
  • Boeing was forced to revamp the system and implement new pilot training protocols

Auto companies across the industry must massively increase their sales of electric and hybrid cars. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@FordEu)

  • Ford will begin production of its first European-built all-electric passenger vehicle from 2023
  • The entire commercial vehicle range will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid
  • The assembly plant in Cologne will be upgraded accordingly

.Amsterdam, Netherlands
The regulator could issue an opinion by the middle of March 2021. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • We will grant authorisation as soon as EMA delivers a positive scientific opinion: EU chief
  • Two other vaccines are also under rolling review with the EMA
  • The European Commission has ordered 200 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The death toll continues to rise.(Representative image/Pixabay)

  • As of Saturday,there were 800,361 deaths recorded in the 52 countries and territories of Europe
  • Europe as a whole recorded an average 4,478 deaths a day from the virus last week
  • Europe passed 500,000 deaths on December 17; 600,000 on January 7; and 700,000 on January 25

.Paris, France
France on Friday has recommended the COVID-19 survivors to receive a single dose of coronavirus vaccine. (Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • 'People, who had recovered from the coronavirus infection, develop an immune response similar to that bestowed by a vaccine dose'
  • A single vaccine dose will "play the role of reminding" people's immune system how to fight COVID-19, France said
  • The clinical trials have shown that immunity against the COVID-19 disease was higher if individuals receive two shots

.London, UK
A special WHO mission expert criticised US intelligence on coronavirus. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

  • The special WHO mission to the ground zero city Wuhan concluded on Tuesday
  • The first case of coronavirus was reported in Wuhan in 2019
  • 'Don't rely too much on US intel', WHO team member Peter Daszak tweeted