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EU turns up the heat on AstraZeneca – and warns company must honour its vaccine contract

EU turns up the heat on AstraZeneca – and warns company must honour its vaccine contract

World
EU leaders have told AstraZeneca that it must "catch up" on vaccine deliveries in Europe before it is allowed to export jabs to other countries. Frustration is growing in Brussels over a massive shortfall in the number of jabs that EU countries are receiving - with the continent's vaccination programme lagging behind the UK. At a news conference, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the trading bloc is determined to get its "fair share" of vaccines. She added: "Companies have to honour their contract to the European Union before they export to other regions in the world. This is of course the case with AstraZeneca."I think it is clear that the company has to catch up and honour the contract it has with the EU member states before it can engage again in exporting vaccines...
Coronation Street: The biggest shocks and saddest moments as soap turns 60

Coronation Street: The biggest shocks and saddest moments as soap turns 60

Entertainment
It's the world's longest-running soap, and this week Coronation Street is marking its 60th anniversary with some typically nail-biting storylines.Viewers will see the conclusion of Yasmeen Nazir's trial for the attempted murder of controlling husband Geoff Metcalfe, as well as a final showdown between property developer Ray Crosby and the Corrie residents opposed to his plans to bulldoze the street. Of course, these events follow hundreds of sad, funny, shocking and groundbreaking stories - from affairs and serial killers to epic punch-ups and the birth of quadruplets - that have gripped viewers since the first episode aired on 9 December 1960.In total, the ITV soap has seen 57 births, 132 weddings and 146 deaths - quite a lot for one street.So, without further ado: Happy Birthday, Corrie!...
Heathrow turns screw on cost cuts with new furlough plan

Heathrow turns screw on cost cuts with new furlough plan

Business
Britain's biggest airport is to furlough its entire senior management team apart from its chief executive and pave the way for more permanent job losses, underlining its pessimism about the aviation industry's short-term recovery prospects.Sky News has seen emails sent by Heathrow executives on Friday which detail plans for a new voluntary redundancy scheme and a requirement for staff to be placed on furlough for at least four weeks between the beginning of December and the end of March. Sources said the furlough requirement would apply to every Heathrow employee other than John Holland-Kaye, the airport's chief executive.The latest developments come weeks after Heathrow relinquished its crown as Europe's busiest airport to Paris's Charles de Gaulle, with passenger numbers at the London hu...
The workers most at risk of losing out as focus turns to ‘viable’ jobs

The workers most at risk of losing out as focus turns to ‘viable’ jobs

Business
Rishi Sunak could not have been more stark.Unveiling his latest package aimed at tiding the UK economy through what threatens to be the bleakest winter for many years because of the COVID-19 crisis, the chancellor admitted: "I cannot save every business. I cannot save every job." That much became clear as the City's economists picked through the details. 'Sunak supp...
Pandemic turns summer into European tourism’s leanest season

Pandemic turns summer into European tourism’s leanest season

Health
BRUGES, Belgium -- Bruges mayor Dirk De fauw first realized something was desperately wrong with European tourism when on a brisk March morning he crossed the Burg square in front of the Gothic city hall and there was nothing but silence.“There are always people. Always," De fauw said. That morning?“Nothing. Nobody is on that large square" at the heart of one of Europe's most picturesque cities, he said.Six months later, as Europe's meanest tourist summer season in history is starting to draw to a close, COVID-19 is yet to loosen its suffocating grip on the continent.If anything the pandemic might tighten it over the coming months, with losses piling up in the tens of billions of euros across the 27-nation European Union, and the continent's vaunted government support and social security s