The Covid alarm, slightly larger than a smoke detector, is being hailed as a potential boon for screening in aircraft cabins, classrooms, care homes and offices. File photograph: iStock

The number of cases of Covid-19 worldwide since the pandemic began has exceeded 175.6 million and there have been 3.7 million related deaths. Meanwhil(...)

An excursion boat passes a beer garden in Inning on the Ammersee near Munich, Germany, on May 10th. Photograph: Lukas Barth-Tuttas/EPA

The EU’s biggest countries are lifting coronavirus restrictions in the hope that accelerating vaccination programmes will allow a speedier return to n(...)

German health minister Jens Spahn says the 12-week gap between first and second doses of AstraZeneca vaccinations could be shortened. Photograph: Ahmad Yusni/EPA

British officials said on Friday people under 40 should be offered an alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine where possible due to a sma(...)

In early March  customers in Germany could  ‘click and meet’ in shops but following new surge in cases, restrictions are set to tighten. Photograph:  Patrik Stollarz/AFP via Getty

Germany and Belgium appear poised to tighten their lockdowns and EU leaders have cancelled plans to meet in person as coronavirus infection rates cont(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  met with German head of federal states to discuss extension of restrictions. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP Photo

German chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 governors are largely extending the country’s coronavirus lockdown until March 7th amid concern t(...)

Pharmacist Aftab Reham prepares a dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccination during a clinic held at the Ikhlas Islamic Education Centre in Derby, England. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for use in all those aged over 18 on Friday. The recommendation will n(...)

AstraZeneca’s trial data is being challenged in the US, where a pension fund has launched a lawsuit on behalf of investors faulting the company for including too few older people and for a mix-up in the trial. Photograph: Ian Forsyth

German health authorities have recommended that AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine should be not be given to those aged over 65 due to a lack of data, in (...)

Several German doctors have questioned why only 8 per cent of the subjects in the Oxford vaccine trials were between 56 and 69 years of age. Photograph: EPA

Days before its expected EU approval, Germany’s vaccine authorities have warned the AstraZeneca Covid-19 shot is not suitable for over-65s. The recom(...)

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon (centre) during a meeting at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/PA Wire

Germany and Scotland have announced that their respective Covid-19 restrictions will remain in place until at least mid-February. As of Tuesday eveni(...)

A technician working at the Jenner Institute on the Covid-19  vaccine,  co-invented by the University of Oxford and Vaccitech in partnership with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. Photograph:  John Cairns/University of Oxford/AFP via Getty Images

Germany expects the European Union to give rapid approval to the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca that was cleared f(...)

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