# European Medicines Agency

A vial of the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine is held up at the Pontcae Medical Practice in Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales on January 4, 2021. Photo: Geoff Caddick / AFP
A vial of the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-1 […]

AstraZeneca, Oxford file for EU vaccine approval

AstraZeneca and Oxford University have applied for authorisation for their coronavirus vaccine in the EU with a decision possible by January 29, the European Medicines Agency says
(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)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on Dece […]

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
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
A bottle label reading "Vaccine Covid-19" next to US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German biotech company BioNTech logos in a picture taken on November 23, 2020. Photo: Joel Saget / AFP
A bottle label reading "Vaccine Covid-19 […]

EU regulator defends vaccine rules as Britain OKs jab

The EU's medicines regulator insists it has the "most appropriate" method to approve a coronavirus vaccine, after Britain became the first Western country to give one the green light
Health worker and volunteer Paulo Roberto Oliveira receives a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech at the Sao Lucas Hospital, in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil on August 08, 2020. - The vaccine trial is being carried out in Brazil in partnership with Brazilian Research Institute Butanta. (Photo by SILVIO AVILA / AFP)
Health worker and volunteer Paulo Robert […]

In race for vaccine, safety trumps speed

The halting of clinical trials for one of the most advanced experimental Covid-19 vaccines shows the importance of safety in developing new medicines, experts say
Medical staff at the IHU Mediterranee Infection Institute in Marseille, France, display packets of Nivaquine tablets, containing chloroquine, and Plaqueril, containing hydroxychloroquine, drugs that has shown signs of effectiveness against coronavirus, on February 26, 2020. Photo: Gerard Julien / AFP
Medical staff at the IHU Mediterranee In […]

Medicine shortage looms over coronavirus-hit Europe

While the world waits for a coronavirus vaccine, medicines used to deal with the symptoms of the disease are increasingly in critically short supply in Europe, the worst-hit continent
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