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The Latest: Europe regulator: No new vaccine side effects

The Latest: Europe regulator: No new vaccine side effects

Health
AMSTERDAM — The European Medicines Agency says no new side effects linked to the coronavirus vaccine made by BioNTech and Pfizer were identified in the regulator’s first safety update on COVID-19 vaccines.In a statement published Friday, the European regulator said its expert committee assessed reports of people who died after getting the vaccine and said their review “did not suggest a safety concern.” Earlier this month, Norwegian officials amended their vaccination advice to say that doctors should assess frail and severely ill elderly people to decide if they should be immunized.The EMA concluded that safety data collected on the Pfizer vaccine are “consistent with the known safety profile of the vaccine” and noted that severe allergic reactions are a known, rare side effect. It said t...
Balkans feel abandoned as vaccinations kick off in Europe

Balkans feel abandoned as vaccinations kick off in Europe

Health
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- When thousands of people across the European Union began rolling up their sleeves last month to get a coronavirus vaccination shot, one corner of the continent was left behind, feeling isolated and abandoned: the Balkans.Balkan nations have struggled to get access to COVID-19 vaccines from multiple companies and programs, but most of the nations on Europe's southeastern periphery are still waiting for their first vaccines to arrive, with no firm timeline for the start of their national inoculation drives.What is already clear is that Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia — home to some 20 million people — will lag far behind the EU's 27 nations and Britain in efforts to reach herd immunity by quickly vaccinating a large number of th...
Europe, US ‘climate guardian’ satellite to monitor oceans

Europe, US ‘climate guardian’ satellite to monitor oceans

Technology
A satellite developed by Europe and the United States set for launching this weekend will greatly help scientists keep track of global sea level rise, one of the most daunting effects of climate changeBy FRANK JORDANS Associated PressNovember 20, 2020, 9:27 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBERLIN -- A "climate guardian" satellite set for launching this weekend will greatly help scientists keep track of the rise in sea levels, one of the most daunting effects of global warming, a senior official at the European Space Agency said Friday.The satellite, known as Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich and jointly developed by Europe and the United States, contains cutting-edge instruments able to capture sea surface height with unprecedented accuracy, adding to space-based ...
As virus spikes, Europe runs low on ICU beds, hospital staff

As virus spikes, Europe runs low on ICU beds, hospital staff

Health
PARIS -- In Italy lines of ambulances park outside hospitals awaiting beds, and in France the government coronavirus tracking app prominently displays the intensive care capacity taken up by COVID-19 patients: 92.5% and rising. In the ICU in Barcelona, there is no end in sight for the doctors and nurses who endured this once already.Intensive care is the last line of defense for severely ill coronavirus patients and Europe is running out — of beds and the doctors and nurses to staff them.In country after country, the intensive care burden of COVID-19 patients is nearing and sometimes surpassing levels seen at last spring's peak. Health officials, many advocating a return to stricter lockdowns, warn that adding beds will do no good because there aren't enough doctors and nurses trained to s...
Northern Greece locks down as Europe tightest restrictions

Northern Greece locks down as Europe tightest restrictions

Health
A lockdown has come into effect in northern Greece, with the southeastern European country joining the list of the continent’s nations tightening restrictions to restrain rapidly increasing coronavirus infectionsBy ELENA BECATOROSNovember 3, 2020, 9:47 AM• 3 min readATHENS, Greece -- A lockdown came into effect in northern Greece on Tuesday, with the southeastern European country joining the list of the continent’s nations tightening restrictions to restrain rapidly increasing coronavirus infections.The surge of the virus across Europe and the increasing strain on health systems has led to several countries imposing new restrictions varying in strictness, from a partial shutdown in Germany to a total lockdown in England later this week.Nations are also seeking alternatives to all-out bans ...