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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)
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 v […]

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
"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
Minks are pictured in their cages at a fur farm on May 1, 2019 in Brumunddal, Norway. - The Norwegian parliament will in June adopt new legislation immediately banning any new fur farms and requiring existing farms to be dismantled by February 1, 2025. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)
Minks are pictured in their cages at a f […]

Scientists on guard over ‘mutant’ mink coronavirus

Coronavirus transmission from minks to humans does not necessarily mean the disease will become more dangerous, but scientists are closely monitoring the situation in Denmark
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
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 2, 2020 a hospital staff stands in front of 'Mitra', a robot equipped with a thermal camera installed to register and conduct preliminary screening of patients before directing them to respective medical specialists to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, at Fortis hospital in Bangalore. (Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP)
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Robots: allies during virus crisis, enemies later?

When human contact needs to be kept to a minimum, robots can save lives and factories. But when the coronavirus crisis is over, will they amplify job losses?
Funeral service workers Howard Jackson (L) and Wesley Weibrecht (C) prepare to load the coffin of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 into a hearse at their funeral home in Manchester, northern England on May 26, 2020. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP
Funeral service workers Howard Jackson ( […]

Why does the UK have Europe’s highest official coronavirus toll?

While the British government insists it has been "guided by the science" and taken "the right decisions at the right time", the toll of 42,000 coronavirus deaths has fuelled criticism
Medical staff work past a patient at a level intensive care unit for patients contaminated with coronavirus COVID-19 of Louis Pasteur Hospital in Colmar, eastern France on March 26, 2020, after a strict lockdown came into effect to stop the spread of the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)
Medical staff work past a patient at a l […]

Coronavirus intensive care — what is involved?

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the work of intensive care units where the most severe cases of COVID-19 receive help to breathe
A veterinarian wearing a face mask examines a cat at "ZooAcademy" veterinary clinic in Moscow on April 21, 2020, during a strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)
A veterinarian wearing a face mask exami […]

From housecats to humans: Europe’s vets deploy in COVID-19 crisis

Europe's vets are stepping in to help save human lives as the coronavirus outbreak stretches medical facilities and staffing to the limit
View of the dry La Concepcion reservoir -which supplies 30% of the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa - during a severe drought on September 14, 2019. Photo: Orlando Sierra / AFP
View of the dry La Concepcion reservoir […]

New climate models suggest Paris goals may be out of reach

New climate models show CO2 is a more potent greenhouse gas than previously understood, a finding that could push the Paris treaty goals out of reach, scientists have told AFP
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