# Italy

A district nurse is administered the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the hospital in Chartres, central France, on January 9, 2021. Photo: Jean-Francois Monier / AFP
A district nurse is administered the Pfi […]

Europe vaccine rollout shifts up a gear as supply worries linger

France and Russia prepare to beef up their coronavirus inoculation programmes, even as authorities seek to allay concerns about vaccine supplies while the global pandemic shows no sign of abating
Combination of pictures created on January 12, 2021 shows a file photo taken on October 2, 2020 of Italian PM Giuseppe Conte at The European Council Building in Brussels (L) and then former Italian PM, Matteo Renzi, on March 5, 2018 at the PD headquarters in Rome.
Combination of pictures created on Janua […]

Virus-hit Italy faces political crisis over EU recovery plan

Italy is facing a fresh political crisis after weeks of turmoil in the coalition government came to head in a row over how to spend billions of euros in EU coronavirus recovery funds
A nurse inoculates volunteer Ilya Dubrovin, 36, with Russia's new coronavirus vaccine in a post-registration trials at a clinic in Moscow on September 10, 2020. - Russia announced last month that its vaccine, named "Sputnik V" after the Soviet-era satellite that was the first launched into space in 1957, had already received approval. The vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya research institute in Moscow in coordination with the Russian defence ministry. (Photo by Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)
A nurse inoculates volunteer Ilya Dubrov […]

EU eyes vaccinations within months as cases top 1 million in Italy

The European Union expresses hope it can start vaccinating people against Covid-19 in early 2021, as Italy records more than one million cases and Britain's death toll surpasses the 50,000 mark
A medical worker holds a swab as he performs a rapid "antigen" coronavirus test on a man at Villa Mafalfa clinic in Rome In this file photo taken on November 6, 2020. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli / AFP
A medical worker holds a swab as he perf […]

Italy’s trailblazing rapid tests fail to halt virus

Italy was the first European country to bet big on rapid "antigen" tests, which are around 80 to 90% accurate, but they have not stopped case numbers rocketing to more than 35,000 a day
A couple, wearing face masks, walks in front of the Palazzo Chigi Government office in Rome, lit with the color of the Italian flag on November 1, 2020. - Italy reported 31,758 new cases of the virus on October 31, 2020, a new daily record. The government is eyeing a lockdown of the country's major cities, news media reported, to try to slow the alarming rise in infections. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)
A couple, wearing face masks, walks in f […]

Italian regions latest to enter lockdown as virus grips Europe

Swathes of Italy have returned to coronavirus lockdown as the resurgent pandemic continued its march through Europe and reached record levels in the United States
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2020. - Trump said Thursday that the United States is withdrawing from the Open Skies arms control treaty with Russia, accusing Moscow of breaking the terms. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)
US President Donald Trump speaks to the […]

Poll finds majority of Europeans would vote for Biden

Joe Biden would hammer Donald Trump in the upcoming US presidential election if it were Europeans heading to the ballot box, according to a new poll
People walk in front of the Colosseum illuminated in the colors of the Italian flag on May 31, 2020, in Rome. - The Colosseum reopens on June 1. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)
People walk in front of the Colosseum il […]

Italy avoids Europe’s dramatic virus uptick, but for how long?

Italy was the first Western country to be struck by the coronavirus pandemic, but now it is an outlier in Europe with limited new cases. How did it avoid a second wave in new infections?