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EU says it achieves COVID-29 vaccination target

Seventy percent of adults in the European Union have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccines, Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen announced on Tuesday. "The EU has kept its word and delivered. Our target was to …

EU summit welcomes COVID certificate to unlock travel

EU leaders on Tuesday welcomed the introduction of a bloc-wide COVID-19 pass that they hope will unlock a tourist surge this summer. The 27 member states want the EU Digital Covid Certificate, to be launched July 1, to turn the page on …

EU gives final approval to Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The European Commission gave approval for the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, the final step to allowing the European Union to use it across the bloc. “More safe and effective vaccines are coming to the …

EU formally signs post-Brexit trade deal with UK

The European Union’s top officials formally signed the long fought-over post-Brexit trade deal with the United Kingdom on Wednesday. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council president Charles …

EU approves BioNTech-Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission approved the BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Monday. It means the mass vaccination of some 450 million people across the EU is one …

Why does EU need its own Magnitsky Act?

EU countries have begun talks on which names to hit first with new-model human rights sanctions. The confidential talks come amid preparations to launch the measures next week. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has been …