The European Council has extended the mandate of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) military operation in the Mediterranean – EUNAVFOR MED IRINI – until 31 March 2023. The decision was taken in the wake of the Strategic Review of the operation carried out by the Political andContinue Reading

Denmark has extended its suspension of AstraZeneca vaccines for three weeks. In a statement, Denmark’s health authority noted that the EMA could not “definitively rule out” a link between the vaccine and blood clotting. “We have started several studies and talked to experts in the affected areas, so we areContinue Reading

The European Commission has announced €500,000 in emergency funding to respond to the consequences of the massive fires in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh on 22 March. The fire affecting one of the largest refugee camps in the world has caused several deaths and injuries. Commissioner for Crisis Management,Continue Reading

The COVID-19 emergency measures in the United Kingdom have been increased by 6 months. The House of Commons voted to extend the powers until September, and approved the government’s road map for gradually easing Britain’s strict coronavirus lockdown over the next three months. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s large Conservative majorityContinue Reading

A 30-days of dialogue on green transition and green investment between African and European partners will be hosted by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB). The dialogue will take place till April 24.   Events and virtual meetings willContinue Reading

Pope Francis has urged more efforts to ensure all people have access to drinking water.  Speaking after the Angelus prayer, the Pope looked ahead to the annual observance of World Water Day marked each year on 22 March.  “Tomorrow is World Water Day, which invites us to reflect on the value of thisContinue Reading

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has received the jab of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Johnson said he had no issue taking the first dose of the vaccine.  “I cannot recommend it too highly, everybody when you do get your notification to go for a jab, please go and get it,Continue Reading

16 regions (Departements) in France including Paris, have been placed under full lockdown for four weeks in the light of the rising COVID-19 cases in the country.  French Prime Minister Jean Castex made the announcement.   “The situation is deteriorating,” Castex said, adding that the regional disparities meant that the government’s strategy of imposing localisedContinue Reading

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has allayed fears regarding the health effects of the COVID-19 vaccine and has said that the vaccine is safe. Johnson also said that he will very soon take the jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine.   I finally got news and I’ve got to have myContinue Reading

The European Medicine Agency (EMA) has said that benefits of the Astra Zeneca COVID vaccine outweigh its risks  EMA Executive Direcrtor Emer Cooke noted that thousands of people across the EU develop thromboses every year for a variety of reasons and that there were no reports of increased blood clots in theContinue Reading