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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(...)

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(...)

A healthcare worker checks a woman before she gets a dose of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in Moscow on April 26th. Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

Russians are being urged to wear face masks, observe social distancing and cancel any planned mass gatherings during a forthcoming 10-day national hol(...)

 Hungarian minister of foreign affairs and trade Peter Szijjarto, right,  receives Slovakian finance minister Igor Matovic  at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest, on April 9th. Photograph: Lajos Soos/ EPA

Slovakia’s controversial purchase of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has sparked another round of political fighting, after the vaccine’s devel(...)

 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(...)

Slovak prime minister Igor Matovic has been urged to resign by the country’s president, Zuzana Caputova.  Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images

Slovakia’s president Zuzana Caputova has urged its premier Igor Matovic to resign, after two government ministers quit over his handling of the corona(...)

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(...)

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