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Germany Orders Tough Easter Shutdown as EU AstraZeneca Row Simmers

Germany said Tuesday it will impose a strict lockdown for five days over Easter as Covid-19 infections spiral "exponentially", while a row over exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine festers in Europe.

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Spain Raises Upper Age Limit for AstraZeneca Jab to 65

Spain on Monday raised the maximum age limit for people to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has faced setbacks in Europe due to safety concerns, from 55 to 65. 

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Europe Can Achieve Herd Immunity by July

Europe could have herd immunity against Covid-19 by July, a European Union commissioner has said, as incoming jabs are expected to speed up the continent's sluggish vaccine rollout.

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AstraZeneca Exports Can Be Banned If Bloc not Supplied First, Said EU Chief

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday threatened to halt exports of AstraZeneca vaccines if the bloc did not receive its deliveries first, in a worsening row over delayed shipments that has caused international tensions.

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Paris Enters New Lockdown as Europe Resumes AstraZeneca Jabs

A third of France's population was under a new partial lockdown Saturday to stop the spread of Covid-19, as some European countries resumed AstraZeneca vaccinations following an all-clear from EU regulators and the WHO.

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Italian PM Says He Will Have AstraZeneca Vaccine

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Friday that he will have the AstraZeneca vaccine, after the jab was suspended earlier this week over safety concerns.

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UK PM Receives First Dose of AstraZeneca Vaccine

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday received a first dose of AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine, at the London hospital where he fought for his life almost a year ago, assuring the public the jab is safe.

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Merkel Says Would Take AstraZeneca Vaccine

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday  she was ready to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca's coronavirus jab if she is offered it, in a bid to shore up confidence in the jab.

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Italy's Sardinia Loses No-Lockdown Status

Sardinia on Friday lost its status as the only Italian region with minimal coronavirus restrictions, as its pandemic situation took a turn for the worse. 

Since March 1, the Mediterranean island had been Italy's sole low-risk "white" region, where bars and restaurants could open at night and life had almost returned to normal. 

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Spain Says No Link between Woman's Death and AZ Jab

There is no causal link between the death of a 43-year-old woman and the AstraZeneca virus vaccine she was given, Spanish health authorities said on Friday.

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