# Britain

This handout illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the National Institutes of Health shows a transmission electron microscopic image that shows SARS-CoV-2óalso known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the US, emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. - 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 / National Institutes of Health / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH/NIAID-RML/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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New virus mutation raises vaccine questions

The British coronavirus variant has increased transmissibility, but other mutations are provoking concern among scientists who are scrambling to work out if they will still respond to vaccines.
"To me, Brexit means logistical chaos, which will hinder our work," says Bulgarian truck driver Dimitar Velinov. Photo: Nikolay Doychinov / AFP
"To me, Brexit means logistical chaos, w […]

Trucker, fisherman, scientist… the voices of Brexit

They transport goods from Europe to Britain, export British produce to the EU, or recruit scientists and researchers... AFP has spoken to six people whose lives will be directly affected by Brexit
The warehouse of logistics platform 2XL in Zeebrugge that delivers groceries to UK retailers from the Belgian port, pictured on December 14, 2020. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
The warehouse of logistics platform 2XL […]

EU suppliers race food to UK ahead of Brexit deadline

In the port of Zeebrugge, robot lift-trucks are working flat out to stockpile and ship Europe's biggest brands to UK supermarkets before the New Year Brexit deadline heralds new trade barriers
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"
An anti-Brexit protester holds Union and EU flags outside a conference centre in central London on December 4, 2020, as post-Brexit trade deal talks continue. Photo: Niklas Halle'n / AFP
An anti-Brexit protester holds Union and […]

EU citizens in the UK face two-tier system after Brexit

Most EU citizens settled in the UK will retain their rights to live and work in the country after Brexit, but on January 1 a two-tiered system comes into force that may exclude thousands
A woman receives a Covid-19 vaccination from Yaquelin De La Cruz at the Research Centers of America (RCA) in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13, 2020. Photo: Chandan Khanna / AFP
A woman receives a Covid-19 vaccination […]

How the world has sped up vaccine approvals

As Britain becomes the first Western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine for general use, authorities in Europe, the US, Russia and China have also sped up their approval procedures