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North Rhine-Westphalia's State Premier and candidate as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Armin Laschet delivers a speech on the second day of the party's 33rd congress held online because of the coronavirus pandemic, in Berlin on January 16, 2021. - Germany's conservative CDU party will elect a new leader on on January 16, 2021, in a key vote kicking off the race for Germany's top job as a deadly pandemic roils Europe's biggest economy. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / various sources / AFP)
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Race to succeed Merkel in top job thrown wide open

Armin Laschet may have won a key vote to become the new leader of Germany's conservative CDU party, but his victory has thrown open the question of who will succeed Angela Merkel in the top job
City of Tshwane's Special Infection Unit paramedics push a man showing symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus inside the isolation chamber equipped with a negative pressure filtration system from his home in the north of Pretoria, South Africa, on January 15, 2021. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)
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Global death toll nears 2 million as WHO battles new virus strains

The worldwide death toll from coronavirus is approaching two million, with Europe topping 30 million infections and WHO experts working on advice to fight new, more contagious strains of the disease
A medical worker prepares an injection of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine at Ankara City Hospital Ankara, on January 14, 2021. - Turkey on January 13 approved the emergency use of a coronavirus jab developed by China's Sinovac, paving the way for a national vaccination drive that will start with healthcare workers. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP)
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Five hurdles in the global Covid-19 vaccine rollout

The unprecedented push to inoculate the world's population against Covid-19 has got off to a sluggish start. What has hampered the vaccine rollout and how can we overcome these obstacles?
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 24, 2020 a person unpacks a special refrigerated box of Moderna Covid-19 at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) in Boston, Massachusetts. - A Washington law student ended up getting more than just groceries during a recent supermarket trip, after randomly receiving a Covid-19 vaccination. David MacMillan and his friend were at a Giant Food store in the US capital last week and were surprised when a worker in the supermarket's pharmacy section offered them each a shot. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)
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EU watchdog backs second coronavirus vaccine

The EU's drug regulator has approved the Moderna coronavirus jab, the bloc's second and a shot in the arm for Europe's slow-moving vaccine roll-out
This handout illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the coronavirus,COVID-19. - President Donald Trump has played down fears of a major coronavirus outbreak in the United States, even as infections ricochet around the world, prompting a ban on pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. China is no longer the only breeding ground for the deadly virus as countries fret over possible contagion coming from other hotbeds of infection, including Iran, South Korea and Italy. There are now more daily cases being recorded outside China than inside the country, where the virus first emerged in December, according to the World Health Organization. (Photo by Handout / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION(CDC)/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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What we do and don’t know about new Covid mutations

The emergence of two new variants of Sars-CoV-2, which are potentially far more infectious versions of the virus, has prompted widespread concern. This is what we know about the mutations.
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is prepared at an EHPAD (care homes and day centres for elderly people) in Bobigny, a northeastern suburbs of Paris on December 30, 2020. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)
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Pressure grows on Macron over French vaccination ‘fiasco’

French President Emmanuel Macron is under growing pressure to accelerate the country's sluggish Covid-19 vaccination drive which has seen just a few hundred people receive the jab
Freight lorries queue outside the port of Dover on the south coast of England on December 10, 2020, before boarding ferries to Europe. Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP
Freight lorries queue outside the port o […]

Shortages, jams and shutdowns: UK readies for Brexit ‘no-deal’ chaos

Food shortages, tailbacks and congested ports: as talks with Brussels remain unresolved three weeks before leaving the EU single market, the UK is preparing for a chaotic "no-deal"
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen gives a press conference at the European headquarters in Brussels on November 16, 2020. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / Pool / AFP
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Members worry EU will bend as Brexit talks run out of road

EU member states have warned European negotiators not to lose their nerve in negotiations with Britain, in a rare reproach as post-Brexit talks entered their most delicate phase
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