The doses will arrive between 2021 and 2023. File photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times.

Bloc secures 1.8 billion more doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to be received fully by 2023

 French president Emmanuel Macron said ‘the Anglo-Saxons block many of these ingredients and vaccines’. File photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA/

Bloc leaders urge Biden to lift export restrictions to have a global impact on crisis

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: she  said the EU was ready to discuss any proposals that addressed the Covid crisis in an effective and pragmatic manner. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Supporters see waiver as vital in supply of vaccines to developing countries

An Amazon delivery driver in Hawthorne, California. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP via Getty

Europe Letter: Web of subsidiaries makes question hard to answer, which is the point

The rolling reviews will continue until enough evidence is available for the vaccine manufacturers to make a formal application for conditional marketing authorisation. Photograph: iStock

Evidence will be scrutinised in real time as it emerges from animal and human trials

Corporate filings in Luxembourg showed that Amazon EU Sarl had record sales of €43.8 billion last year, up from €32 billion in 2019.   Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP/Getty Images

EU Commission will ‘continue to monitor Amazon’s behaviour’ on corporate taxation

The Health Service Executive sent recommendations on the revised plan to Government yesterday ahead of today’s Cabinet meeting. File photograph: Getty

Same approach will apply to under-50s as to over-50s following high-level discussions

Loyalists protesting  against the Northern Ireland Protocol    outside Belfast City Hall last weekend. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress

EU proposes the UK temporarily align on plant and animal rules to remove Irish Sea checks

The Government is set to launch plans to increase the number of Irish people being hired into the European Unions institutions.  Photograph: iStock/Getty

Government fears waning Irish influence in key posts in Brussels

Passengers at the Zaventem airport in Brussels. Under new proposals from the European Commission, the EU would lift its  ban on non-essential travel from outside the bloc for people who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

Republic not included in Schengen-focused proposals on non-essential journeys

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has defended Ireland’s record on tax, saying it “has fully engaged in making massive strides” on tax transparency and reforms. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tax loophole closure among ‘country-specific recommendations’ to be met for fund access

German health minister Jens Spahn (left) speaking to a health worker as Regina Andelum gets a coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination centre in Hamburg. Photograph: EPA/Daniel Reinhardt/pool

Across the bloc 27.2% of adults have now received at least one dose, with campaigns rapidly accelerating

The Pfizer-Biontech vaccine against Covid-19. Photograph: David Gannon/AFP via Getty

Europe Letter: Vaccine deniers descended on the Pacific island in 2019. Disaster followed

Boris Johnson: “Now is the time to look forward to the future and to building a more global Britain.” Photograph: PA Wire

Johnson says step provides ‘more stable foundation for the relationship’

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the vote, but warned that ‘faithful implementation is essential’.  Photograph: Thierry Monasse/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson says step provides ‘more stable foundation’ for EU-UK relationship

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen speaks during the debate on EU-UK trade and co-operation agreement during the second day of a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

MEPs voting on ratification of trade deal signed last year after difficult negotiations

 European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: “I felt hurt and left alone: as a woman and as a European.” Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

European Commission president blames sexism for second-rank treatment in Ankara

On Monday, the commission announced it had initiated legal action against the company for breach of contract. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Pharmaceutical firm set to deliver just 100m doses by end June instead of expected 300m

Mairead McGuinness:  the classification will “evolve with science and technology” and reduce “greenwashing” (where corporations overstate their environmental credentials).

Forestry and biomass inclusion leads to calls to reject green investment system

The 27 member states never succeeded on co-ordinating their pandemic policy. File photograph: EPA

Irish people favour security co-operation but are sceptical about EU health powers

Fish catches in Ireland must be weighed at landing instead of in factories after an audit revealed ‘manipulation of weighing systems’ and under-declaration by operators that interfered with the monitoring of fishing quotas, the European Commission has said. Image: iStock.

Fishing organisation says having to weigh fish at landing points rather than factories ‘impractical’

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine at the Atlantic County vaccination megasite in Atlantic City, New Jersey. File photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg

European regulator finds benefits of one-shot vaccine outweigh risks of rare blood clots

 EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell. Photograph: François Walschaerts/Pool/EPA

Czechs appeal for EU solidarity after accusing Moscow of involvement in 2014 explosion

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Jointly chaired meetings with Britain will focus particularly on agrifood sector

The Government will outline in two weeks’ time what restrictions will be removed over the month of May. Photograph: Getty Images

Officials fear a spike in cases among younger people once society begins to reopen

European commissioner for economy Paolo Gentiloni.

Commission says agreement would ‘transfer’ into law

The Government’s exemption to mandatory hotel quarantine would only apply to those vaccinated with jabs approved in the EU. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Exemption would only apply to people vaccinated with jabs approved by EU

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney was in London holding meetings with key political figures.

Coveney hails ‘honest engagement’ on contentious issues at constructive London talks

The Health Service Executive will attempt to hit April’s target of 860,000 doses administered. File photograph: Getty

System review in tandem with diplomatic, domestic pressure produces policy change

Members of the Defence Forces in Terminal 1 arrivals hall at Dublin Airport as the State’s mandatory quarantine system was expanded on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

State’s discriminatory and excessive system should be revoked - Italian ambassador

Rally outside Leinster House in Dublin  seeking the repeal of the 2004 citizenship referendum. File photograph: Eric Luke

Europe Letter: Italy’s debate over jus culturae proposes new legal basis for citizenship: education

Portuguese prime minister Antonio Costa described the agreement of a common position  between member states on digital certificates as a ‘positive step’. Photograph:  Horacio Villalobos/Getty Images

Step forward to agree digital system aimed to ease travel in the summer

Ryanair has lost challenges against Scandinavian state bailouts for airlines Finnair and SAS to support them from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

General Court of the European Union find both instances of help are in line with EU law

A healthcare worker administers Covid-19 vaccines at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, which has been partly converted into a vaccination clinic for underserved communities. File photograph: Nina Riggio/Bloomberg

European Commission seeks clarification on ‘completely unexpected’ announcement

Fiona McFadden, a mother of two who is in cancer treatment in Belgium: “I just feel I’ve been left in the lurch by Ireland.”

‘By the time I get home, my dad will be dead or I’ll be dead’

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney:  he is expected  to  hold meetings with UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab and Northern secretary Brandon Lewis on Thursday.  File photograph: Damien Storan

Ministerial meetings are on schedule despite mourning protocols for Prince Philip

 Ireland’s population entitles it to roughly 605,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine  by the end of June. Photograph: Bryan Anselm/New York Times

Deliveries on track to provide target of 55 million doses to the bloc by the end of June

People who have finished their quarantine period departing the Crowne Plaza hotel in Santry, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Positivity rate of 2.4% from 413 swabs in first two weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn: Ireland is ‘weeks away from having the population vaccinated and [we] do not want to go backwards’. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Plans to expand quarantine list next week as first Irish case of ‘rare’ blood clot investigated

State medicines watchdog, the Health Products Regulatory Authority, confirmed it had received “a case of interest associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which describes CVST, an unusual clot in the brain.” The clot was detected in a person who had received the jab. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Post-vaccination blood clot reported in 40-year-old Dublin woman

German health minister Jens Spahn (right) and Berlin’s health senator Dilek Kalayci (centre) watch 80-year-old vaccinee Rosemarie Langwald getting her second Covid-19 vaccine by vaccinist Tim Ratzloff in the vaccination centre at the fairgriunds in Berlin, on April 5th. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/Pool/AFP via Getty

Cracks are developing in the EU’s joint Covid-19 vaccine procurement programme

The wreckage of a bus on fire on the Shankill Road in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

Taoiseach condemns ongoing violence while European Commission defends NI protocol

HSE vaccination centre in the Aviva Stadium: Ministers and senior officials insist  the programme is “ramping up” and  200,000 people a week will receive shots in the second half of this month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Donnelly and Glynn set to consider vaccine in context of other EU countries’ restrictions

Refrigerators containing Covid-19 vaccines in Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq, Pool via AP

Patchy health infrastructure and siloed databases may explain the leftover vaccines

Clearly caught off guard, Dr von der Leyen could be heard saying ‘ehm...’ and gesturing towards the seats, before taking her place on a sofa off to the side of the scene. Photograph: AFP via Getty

European Commission president left without seat in meeting about treatment of women

Previously the EMA said there was no evidence that the vaccine caused the clotting incidents. Photograph: EPA

UK to halt use of jab in under-30s due to risk of rare blood-clotting incidents

A screen grab of Marco Cavaleri: “But we still do not know what causes this reaction.” Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Medicines agency says review is ongoing, and an update is expected this week

An Australian government source told Reuters that the European Union ‘blocked 3.1 million shots so far’. Photograph: Toms Kalnins/EPA

‘No further development’ since Italy blocked export of 250,000 doses under new controls

Young people are sprayed by a police water cannon during clashes  in the Bois de la Cambre park in Brussels, Thursday. Photograph: AP Photo/Francisco Seco

Race is on across EU between vaccination efforts and the coming summer

Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Palais des Sports in Lyon: France set a record last week of 400,000 doses given in a single day. Photograph:  Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

National campaigns struggle to take off in Europe as new wave of infections takes hold

 Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg  during a Fridays for Future protest in  Stockholm. Photograph:  Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images

Europe Letter: Critics say proposed amendments water down climate ambitions

The EMA has received reports of 44 rare blood clotting cases among 9.2 million people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine across the European Economic Area. Photograph:  Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

EMA responds after Germany joined countries limiting Covid-19 vaccine to older people

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and British prime minister Boris Johnson  at Hillsborough Castle  in Belfast last year. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister believes ‘politics being played’ in report of British offer to export 3.7m doses

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen during an online news conference at the end of a EU summit  in Brussels on  Thursday. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou, Pool Photo via AP

Unless jabs are for developing countries, they will need a permit to leave bloc

A healthcare worker of the Italian Army prepares doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the military citadel of Cecchignola, on March 25th, 2021 in Rome, Italy. Photograph: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

Rules for transport of Pfizer doses eased as EMA approves manufacturing sites

Austrian MEP Evelyn Regner.

Plan to force multinationals to reveal tax payments by country first step to EU tax rate

 French president Emmanuel Macron said ‘I support the fact that we must block all exports for as long as some drug companies don’t respect their commitments with Europeans.’ Photograph: Benoit tessier/EPA

French president backs measures amid frustration with AstraZeneca delays

Tullamore resident Christine Cutler  leaves the HSE mobile walk-in Covid-19 test centre in the Co Offaly town, one of five centres which have been opened to catch  asymptomatic cases of the virus. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says ‘leverage has to be there’ to ensure Europe ‘has sufficient vaccines’

Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: “The EU needs to ensure Europeans get a fair share of vaccines.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland among group of member states expressing concerns about tightening export controls

US president Joe Biden during his first press briefing at  the White House in Washington on March 25th. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Rare address to European Council reflects fresh start to ties, but vaccine tensions remain

European Council president Charles Michel waves at the beginning of the summit at the European Council Building in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Joint EU-UK statement eases tensions ahead of conference addressing surge in Covid-19

The proposed pan-EU digital certificates would show if people have been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from Covid-19. Photograph: iStock

MEPs receive thousands of emails aiming to stop introduction of vaccine certificates

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin has raised concerns about a 42% week-on-week increase in the numbers referred for Covid-19 testing. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Government expresses optimism easing of EU-UK row will fast-track delivery of more vaccines

A paramedic prepares to administer Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses inside the former women’s clothing store, Maurices, at The Mall at Whitney Field, in Leominster, Massachusetts, USA. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

Europe Letter: There is no instant fix – setting up new production systems takes time

The joint statement came came after Brussels announced plans to tighten controls on vaccine exports to some countries. File photograph: Getty

‘We are all facing the same pandemic and the third wave makes co-operation ... even more important’

A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at a  vaccination centre at the Fazl Mosque in southwest London on Tuesday. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

All eyes on stockpile of 30m doses, as shortfalls and supply issues hold back rollout

Watchtowers on what is believed to be a  camp where  Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region. Photograph: GREG BAKER/AFP/via Getty

UN researchers estimate a million Uighurs are held in camps

Healthcare workers  help a patient in a wheelchair from a  special ambulance   in the town of Semily, Czech Republic.   Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP via Getty Images

Central European, Balkan and Baltic states bring in new round of restrictions to cope with rising hospitalisations as vaccine roll(...)

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic: ‘A lot of things which seem problematic right now are very much in the hands of the UK government.’ Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AFP via Getty Images

European Commission vice-president claims firms are being told not to follow the rules

A vial containing the Covid-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca. File photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

‘I would be vaccinated with AstraZeneca tomorrow’ EMA’s Emer Cooke says

European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Mairead McGuinness.

Majority of EU member states believe 'its time has come', commissioner says

Madrid’s Cibeles fountain  for St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: EPA/Fernando Alvarado

Part influence operation, part branding exercise, diplomatic parties are key to Irish soft power

 European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen during a press conference  in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph:    John Thys/EPA

Bloc has sent 41m doses abroad since February, but some countries have blocked exports in return

Paris has proposed a different ‘allocation key’ that would result in extra money from the compensation fund going to bigger states such as France, Spain and Italy. Photograph: iStock

Just under €1 billion of the fund was to be received by Ireland in pre-financing in 2021

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee will also have to consider the outcome of the review and pass its recommendation to the office of the chief medical officer, who in turn advises the Minister for Health. Photograph:  Jens Schlueter/Getty

Review of jab by European Medicines Agency due to be completed on Thursday

The investigation is focusing on whether there is any causal link to the vaccine in cases in Norway and Germany in which some became ill with a clot and a low count of blood platelets. Photograph: Justin Tallis

Safety review by blood clot experts and regulators due to present results on Thursday

“The Schengen Information System is the largest law enforcement database in Europe and Ireland’s connection to it will strengthen law enforcement co-operation and enhance security in Europe,” Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Schengen Information System shares real-time data on suspects

’Uncertainty remains high until the pandemic is fully under control,’ Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said after the Eurogroup meeting on Monday. Photograph: Julien Behal.

Contentious debate looms over whether bloc's debt and spending rules should be reformed

EU Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic: he  appealed to the UK government not to follow through on its announcement that it would continue to waive checks on some goods until October. Photograph: Getty Images

First step towards legal proceedings over breach of Northern Ireland protocol

German becomes latest country to suspended Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines. Photograph: Gent Shkullaku/AFP via Getty Images

Donohoe says Ireland took decision to temporarily stop using jab ‘out of abundance of caution’

A pharmacist gives a shot of an AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a pharmacy in Paris. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

Pressure rises as Italy prepares to confine citizens to homes again to counter Covid surge

The Johnson & Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: David Ryder/Bloomberg

Company to deliver 200m doses to EU with 600,000 to Republic between April and June

A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 to a patient in Rome. Photograph:  Andrew Medichini/AP

Europe Letter: Debate in Ireland is divorced from reality of the global scramble for doses

Visitors wait in line at the Brussels Expo Covid-19 vaccination centre in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/Bloomberg

EU vaccine export declarations show bloc is providing much of world’s Covid-19 supply

Ireland is to receive a further 46,500 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. File photograph: THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP via Getty Images

Current phase of vaccine rollout is ‘most challenging logistically’, Government says

Ireland gave out €0.93 billion in state aid in 2020,  which accounted for 0.26 per cent of national GDP, the lowest proportion in the EU. Photograph: iStock

Uneven amounts of state aid raise concerns over distortion of competition within bloc

The British government’s announcement of the unilateral extension of grace periods was done without notifying European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic. File photograph: EPA

Two legal routes for redress: infringement procedure or dispute resolution mechanism

European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders is to raise the concerns in a virtual meeting with the Oireachtas European Affairs committee on Tuesday.  Photograph: Virginia Mayo/ AFP/via Getty Images

Low bar for lawsuits in Ireland ‘raises concerns’ over freedom to expose corruption

Kerrygold was among Irish goods targeted by US tariffs that have now been suspended.

Boost for Kerrygold and Baileys as US tariffs lifted

Anti-Northern Ireland protocol and sea border poster in Cookstown, Co Tyrone: The European Parliament ditched plans to set a date for the ratification of the post-Brexit trade deal with Britain.  Photograph: Jonathan Porter

Downing Street acting in ‘good faith’ to help supermarkets and parcel operators adapt

A hoarding of Pope Francis and leading Irai Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf ahead of the pope’s visit to Iraq. Photograph: Ali Najafi/AFP via Getty Images

Trip carries message of common origin, fraternity between Christianity, Judaism and Islam

EU-based vaccine manufacturers must seek authorisation from their national government where their Covid-19 vaccine is produced before exporting it out of the EU. Photograph: PA

Move marks first such intervention since the EU introduced new shipment rules

Boris Johnson did not warn the Taoiseach of the impending development when they spoke on the phone    on Tuesday. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/ PA

Britain says it will extend grace period on North goods checks until October

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban: he retains allies among the more conservative and radical wing of the EPP group. Photograph: Getty Images

Hungarian leader Orban pulls out MEPs after EPP votes for new rules that allow it to suspend or expel party colleagues

 European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: “The digital green pass should facilitate Europeans’ lives. The aim is to gradually enable them to move safely in the European Union or abroad.” Photograph: Johanna Geron

Digital certificate would show vaccine status or test result but not all countries are keen

A rush to quickly spend a €5 billion European Union fund aimed to counteract the economic impact of Brexit may sacrifice quality for speed, and Ireland could end up having to pay some money back, the European Court of Auditors has warned.

Rush to push out funds quickly could sacrifice quality, warn auditors

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said security threats had not diminished ph: Johanna Geron/Pool/EPA

Leaders agree bloc must ‘take more responsbility’ in the face of global instability

Deputy chief medical officer  Dr Ronan Glynn: we could be ‘in a good place’ by the end of the summer, he told the Nphet briefing on Thursday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

‘Sudden and sharp’ decrease in cases in care facilities shows effect of vaccines, briefing hears

 Local residents await their Covid-19 vaccinations at a mobile vaccination centre  in Grosshartmannsdorf, Germany. Photograph: Matthias Rietschel/Getty Images

Non-essential travel strongly discouraged and 'open questions' over merits of system

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