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EU agrees first COVID-19 vaccine deal with AstraZeneca in WHO blow

14 Aug 2020

BRUSSELS The European Union has agreed to buy at least 300 million doses of AstraZeneca's potential COVID-19 vaccine in its first such advance purchase deal, which could weaken plans led by the World Health Organization (WHO) for a global approach.

Euro zone trade surplus surges as imports drop, GDP and employment post record falls

14 Aug 2020

BRUSSELS The euro zone's trade surplus with the rest of the world ballooned in June to 21.2 billion euros ($25 billion) as the bloc's drop in imports of goods outpaced the fall of exports amid a global slide in trade due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | Video

EU to enter contract talks with J&J over 200 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine

13 Aug 2020

BRUSSELS The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with Johnson & Johnson to buy 200 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, the EU executive and the U.S. pharmaceutical company said on Thursday.

Belgian students to self-collect saliva in large COVID-19 testing experiment

13 Aug 2020

BRUSSELS Thousands of students at a Belgian university will collect weekly from September a sample of their saliva for a rapid COVID-19 test replacing more commonly used swabs - one of Europe's largest experiments with the new testing method.

J&J eyes one billion doses of potential COVID-19 shot in 2021, weighs challenge trials

11 Aug 2020

BRUSSELS Johnson & Johnson could produce 1 billion doses of its potential COVID-19 vaccine next year if it proves successful and would consider injecting healthy volunteers with the novel coronavirus if there are not enough patients for final trials, a company executive said.

Exclusive: Germany and France quit WHO reform talks amid tension with Washington - sources

07 Aug 2020

France and Germany have quit talks on reforming the World Health Organization in frustration at attempts by the United States to lead the negotiations, despite its decision to leave the WHO, three officials told Reuters.

EXCLUSIVE-Germany and France quit WHO reform talks amid tension with Washington - sources

07 Aug 2020

Aug 7 France and Germany have quit talks on reforming the World Health Organization in frustration at attempts by the United States to lead the negotiations, despite its decision to leave the WHO, three officials told Reuters.

It's not for me: speed of COVID-19 vaccine race raises safety concerns

06 Aug 2020

BRUSSELS/LONDON The frenetic race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine has intensified safety concerns about an inoculation, prompting governments and drugmakers to raise awareness to ensure their efforts to beat the coronavirus aren't derailed by public distrust.

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