MPs Cite ‘Serious Concerns’ Over England Lockdown Exit Clarity

The UK government needs to provide transparent criteria for lifting lockdowns, says a report by a committee of MPs that cites “serious concerns” about lack of clarity. “For the Government to build public confidence, it is absolutely vital that it is open on how it reaches its decisions and the data underpinning them,” MP William… Continue reading MPs Cite ‘Serious Concerns’ Over England Lockdown Exit Clarity

Nearly 400,000 AstraZeneca Vaccine Doses Seized in Italy After Teacher’s Death

Italian prosecutors said on March 15 they seized a batch of nearly 400,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after a man died hours after receiving the shot. Piedmont’s regional government told Reuters it suspended the use of AstraZeneca batch ABV5811 after a 57-year-old man identified as Sandro Tognatti fell ill and died. The cause of… Continue reading Nearly 400,000 AstraZeneca Vaccine Doses Seized in Italy After Teacher’s Death

Johnson ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Clashes During Sarah Everard Vigil

The UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday said he’s “deeply concerned” over footage showing clashes between police and protesters at a vigil for alleged murder victim Sarah Everard. The Metropolitan police on Saturday drew public criticisms and faced an official inquiry after officers clashed with and tackled to the ground protesters gathered at a… Continue reading Johnson ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Clashes During Sarah Everard Vigil

Eruption of Iceland Volcano Easing, Not Affecting Flights

REYKJAVIK, Iceland—The eruption of a long-dormant volcano that sent streams of lava flowing across a small valley in southwestern Iceland is easing and shouldn’t interfere with air travel, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said Saturday. The fissure eruption began at around 8:45 p.m. Friday in the Geldinga Valley, about 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the… Continue reading Eruption of Iceland Volcano Easing, Not Affecting Flights

NatWest Money Laundering Case Linked to Second Criminal Trial, Prosecutors Say

LONDON—Criminal money laundering charges against British state-backed bank NatWest are linked to a separate case against 13 individuals based in cities across the country, prosecutors have told Reuters. Britain’s financial regulator, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), started a criminal action against NatWest on Tuesday, making it the first bank to be charged under a… Continue reading NatWest Money Laundering Case Linked to Second Criminal Trial, Prosecutors Say

Holidays Abroad This Summer Unlikely for Most Britons, Scientist Warns

LONDON—Holidays abroad are “extremely unlikely” for most Britons this summer due to the risk of importing new variants of COVID-19, a scientist who advises the government said on Saturday, leaving airlines and travel companies bracing for a second lost peak season. Britain has banned travel for most people during the current lockdown and has said… Continue reading Holidays Abroad This Summer Unlikely for Most Britons, Scientist Warns

Lawmakers Call for England to Allow Protests During Lockdown

LONDON—More than 60 British lawmakers have written to interior minister Priti Patel calling for protests to be allowed in England during lockdown. Under England’s coronavirus rules, it is unlawful for groups to gather for protests and police warned people on Saturday not to head to central London for planned demonstrations, including by anti-lockdown campaigners. Police… Continue reading Lawmakers Call for England to Allow Protests During Lockdown

Bulgaria Charges Six People Over Alleged Russian Spy Ring

SOFIA—Bulgarian prosecutors said on Friday they had charged six Bulgarians, including senior officials from the defense ministry and military intelligence, with spying for Russia. The Russian embassy in Sofia said in a comment on its website it expected that until a court ruled on the case that all speculation about Russia’s alleged involvement in intelligence… Continue reading Bulgaria Charges Six People Over Alleged Russian Spy Ring

Denmark Reports Two Cases of Serious Illness, Including One Death, After AstraZeneca Jab

COPENHAGEN—Denmark said on Saturday that one person had died and another fell seriously ill with blood clots and cerebral hemorrhage after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination. The two, both hospital staff members, had both received the AstraZeneca vaccine less than 14 days before getting ill, the authority that runs public hospitals in Copenhagen said. The… Continue reading Denmark Reports Two Cases of Serious Illness, Including One Death, After AstraZeneca Jab

EU May Exclude China-Made Vaccines as Vietnam Looks Elsewhere

The European Union is expected to exclude Chinese-made vaccines from its “vaccine passport” certification program because they aren’t approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). At the same time, Vietnam is reportedly buying large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines from Western countries and Russia, although not from China. On March 12, Euronews reported that the EU is… Continue reading EU May Exclude China-Made Vaccines as Vietnam Looks Elsewhere