Austria plans to start Covid-19 mass testing in December

Austria plans to start Covid-19 mass testing in December

Mass-testing for the coronavirus in Austria will be rolled out in two waves in December and January to prevent further lockdowns, the government announced on Friday.

EU leaders fail to find solution on budget and rule-of-law deadlock

EU leaders fail to find solution on budget and rule-of-law deadlock

EU leaders’ talks on Thursday did not resolve the deadlock on their 1.8-trillion-euro (2.1-trillion-euro) budget and stimulus package, brought about by a showdown with Hungary and Poland on how to police the bloc’s basic democratic standards.

US initial weekly unemployment claims rise for first time in weeks

US initial weekly unemployment claims rise for first time in weeks

Some 742,000 people filed initial weekly unemployment claims in the United States last week, the Department of Labor said on Thursday, the first time applications rose in five weeks.

Iraq, Saudi Arabia reopen border crossing after three-decade closure

Iraq, Saudi Arabia reopen border crossing after three-decade closure

Iraq and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday reopened a border crossing after a three-decade closure as the countries rekindle their diplomatic relationship.

Pfizer/BioNTech say vaccine 95-per-cent effective, no safety concerns

Pfizer/BioNTech say vaccine 95-per-cent effective, no safety concerns

US pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have made further gains with their promising Covid-19 vaccine, announcing on Wednesday that the drug is 95-per-cent effective in a final analysis and there are no safety concerns.

US firm Moderna says coronavirus vaccine 94.5-per-cent effective

US firm Moderna says coronavirus vaccine 94.5-per-cent effective

US pharmaceutical firm Moderna reported early analysis on Monday that suggests its coronavirus vaccine is 94.5-per-cent effective, making it the second group to announce positive results from a large-scale clinical trial.

Compulsory Covid-19 tests, or jail, for Hong Kong’s high risk groups

Compulsory Covid-19 tests, or jail, for Hong Kong’s high risk groups

Compulsory Covid-19 testing began on Sunday for Hong Kong‘s high risk groups, with threats of six months jail or hefty fines and penalties in place for those who refuse testing.

Asia-Pacific nations sign free-trade agreement covering 2.2 bn people

Asia-Pacific nations sign free-trade agreement covering 2.2 bn people

After eight years of negotiations, Asia-Pacific nations signed the world’s biggest free-trade agreement on Sunday at a virtual summit hosted in Hanoi, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Sunday.