The World Health Organization welcomed news that Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate showed 94.5% efficacy but said “many questions” remained and it was no time for complacency as infections surged in the United States and Europe.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said leaders of the country’s 16 federal states were resisting her efforts to agree stricter measures.
The European Union has struck a deal for up 405 million doses of German biotech firm CureVac’s potential COVID-19 vaccine.
Hungary will veto the European Union’s 2021-27 budget and its COVID-19 recovery scheme if access to funds is made conditional on governments’ adherence to the rule of law.
The coronavirus was circulating in Italy in September 2019, a study by the National Cancer Institute of the Italian city of Milan shows, signalling it might have spread beyond China earlier than thought.
Britain said it will open two new “mega” laboratories in early 2021 for carrying out tests, a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson went into self-isolation after coming into contact with someone diagnosed with the virus.
The Swedish government moved to cut the size of public gatherings sharply.