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A man receiving  a dose of the Sputnik V vaccine  in Bratislava, Slovakia.  Photograph:  Vladimir Simicek/AFP via Getty Images

Slovakia has become the second EU member to start using Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine without approval from the bloc’s drug safety agency aft(...)

Among the vaccinated population of Seychelles that has had two doses, 57 per cent were given Sinopharm, while 43 per cent were given AstraZeneca. Photograph: iStock

Marie Neige, a call centre operator in Seychelles, was eager to be vaccinated. Like the majority of the residents in the tiny island nation, she was o(...)

Visitors at the Festetics Palace, in Keszthely, Hungary as  restrictions ease for those  holding immunity certificates. Photograph: Gyorgy Varga / EPA

Hungary has loosened coronavirus restrictions for up to four million of its residents who have received at least one vaccine dose, as it pursues an am(...)

 Newly-appointed Czech health minister Petr Arenberger (right) and Czech prime minister Andrej Babis during a press conference  in Prague, Czech Republic. Photograph: EPA/Martin Divisek

The Czech Republic has appointed its fourth health minister of the pandemic after Jan Blatny was sacked following disagreements with the country’s lea(...)

Igor Matovic:  “I have always followed the Old Testament rule of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Today I’ve turned the other cheek . . . and it was damn hard.” Photograph:   Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images

Slovakia’s ruling coalition has declared its four-week crisis to be over, after prime minister Igor Matovic and finance minister Eduard Heger agreed t(...)

Slovakia’s prime minister,  Igor Matovic,  and health minister  Marek Krajci give a press statement at the International Airport Kosice, Slovakia, on March 1st. File photograph: Peter Lazar/AFP via Getty

Slovakia’s health minister has resigned amid fierce criticism of his handling of the coronavirus crisis and a government decision to buy Russia’s Sput(...)

Vaccines from Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm being unloaded in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Zsolt Szigetvary/EPA

Czech and Hungarian leaders have visited Israel to discuss joint efforts to fight Covid-19 and learn from its successful inoculation programme, as a s(...)

A healthcare worker treating a homeless man in a hotel in Prague, Czech Republic. Germany and Switzerland has agreed to take Czech Covid patients. Photograph: EPA/Martin Divisek

Hungary is shutting primary schools and most shops to tame a “very strong” third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced the Czech Republic(...)

Former Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra speaks to the press in Lima on December 1st last after meeting a congressional commission to respond to bribery allegations. Photograph: Ernesto Benavides/AFP via Getty Images

Peru has been rocked by revelations that nearly 500 people, including former president Martín Vizcarra and other senior politicians, were vaccinated a(...)

A sign warns motorists of turkeys crossing Highway 86 near The Good Samaritan Society care center. The first person in the United States known to be infected with a new Covid-19 variant was a Colorado National Guardsman who had been sent to help out at the nursing home struggling with an outbreak. Photograph: David Zalubowski/AP Photo

The first reported US case of the Covid-19 variant that has been seen in the United Kingdom has been discovered in Colorado, Governor Jared Polis anno(...)

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