On Thursday, EMA announced that it had started a rolling review to test the Russian vaccine for compliance with EU standards for effectiveness, safety and quality. The developer, Moscow-based Gamaleya research institute, has earlier developed two vaccines against Ebola virus. The applicant for license production of the Sputnik V vaccine is R-Pharm Germany GmbH. Actually, it was one of the conditions set by Europe that vaccines should be produced in the bloc. The shift comes two months after German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared after a call with President Vladimir Putin on January 5 that she was open to the idea of bilateral cooperation with Russia for the purpose of tapping European production capacities for the Sputnik V vaccine. The German cabinet later specified on multiple occasions that this would only happen if the EMA green-lighted the vaccine. In early February, the prestigious Lancet medical magazine published a study, confirming the vaccine efficacy at 91.6 … [Read more...] about EU Finally Starts Sputnik V Review as Russian Vaccine Hits No2 Spot in Global Approvals
The US Department of Justice on Tuesday filed a landmark lawsuit against Google that accuses the tech giant of illegally holding monopolies in search and search advertising, the culmination of a more than yearlong investigation into alleged anticompetitive practices at the company, and the first such antitrust case in the tech world in decades. The federal government alleges that Google violated antitrust laws to act as a "gatekeeper" to the internet. The complaint says the company unlawfully blocked out competitors by reaching deals with phone makers including Apple and Samsung to be the preset, default search engine on devices. Google also abused the dominance of its Android operating system to strong-arm manufacturers to preload Google's apps onto phones, the lawsuit alleges. Cut through the chatter Subscribe to CNET's Mobile newsletter for the latest phone news and reviews. "As the antitrust complaint filed today explains, [Google] has maintained its monopoly … [Read more...] about Google is a search monopoly, Justice Department says in landmark antitrust lawsuit
Vaccine passports – the future?, illustration photo, source: internet At the end of December, thousands of Europeans received the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine after the company received authorisation in the EU. Since then, other countries such as the US, Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, India, and several Asian countries, including Vietnam, have also started to receive or order vaccines to prepare for mass vaccination programmes. This has awakened optimism about an end to the pandemic and the idea of a vaccine passport. A heated discussion Some parts of the world, such as the Seychelles, Cyprus, and Romania, have begun to remove quarantine requirements for visitors who have been vaccinated. In early January, Denmark also announced that it would issue vaccine passports to citizens within the next three to four months. To get digital vaccine passports, Danish citizens will have to declare their medical and vaccination status on a government-issued app. … [Read more...] about Vaccine passports – the future?
BERLIN (AP) – A lawmaker with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party said Sunday he will give up his seat in parliament and leave politics after it emerged that his company profited from deals to procure masks early in the pandemic — drawing sharp criticism in an election year. Nikolas Loebel, a backbench lawmaker with Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union, was blasted by members of his own party and opponents after it emerged Friday that a company he runs earned commissions of 250,000 euros ($298,000) from brokering contracts to buy masks. Saying that he should have been “more sensitive,” Loebel admitted that he had made a mistake and gave up his seat on parliament’s foreign affairs committee. That wasn’t enough for critics — particularly as his home state of Baden-Wuerttemberg elects a new regional legislature on March 14. A national election in which Germans will choose a new parliament, and determine who succeeds Merkel, follows on Sept. 26. Susanne Eisenmann, … [Read more...] about Politician from Merkel’s Party Resigns over Profiting from Mask Contracts
The government is looking to soften plans for checks on EU food and imports crossing the border into Britain, reports say. Lord Frost is said to be debating whether to bring in 'lighter touch' controls from April 1 and relax full customs checks scheduled for July 1. Insiders claim the move has come amid fears tough inspections could damage trade relations with the Bloc that may impact UK supermarkets. It comes after the Cabinet Office minister called on Brussels to 'shake off ill will' towards the UK as arrangements over trade to Northern Ireland prove contentious. Lord Frost (pictured last month) is said to be debating whether to bring in 'lighter touch' controls from April 1 and relax full customs checks scheduled for July 1 A source told the Observer he was told Lord Frost was finalising the details before presenting them before other Cabinet members this week. The newspaper claimed the plans could allow imports in even if they have clerical errors made by … [Read more...] about Brexit border checks on goods arriving from the EU could be eased over fears delays could lead to empty supermarket shelves