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  • Digitalization fast-forwards the transformation of China's traditional enterprises

    Digitalization has become an important means for traditional enterprises in China to upgrade their business activities in recent years, thanks to the accelerated digital transformation of the Chinese economy and society.

    China State Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. has designed and constructed intelligent ships with fully digitalized functions, including remote control and autonomous navigation capabilities. China's State Grid, the country’s main power supplier, has established a new energy cloud platform to promote greater collaboration between more than 3,000 upstream and downstream enterprises.

  • Digitalization injects vitality into China's real economy

    With a super SIM card and app, some Chinese smartphone users will soon be able to make phone calls protected by quantum encryption.

    Unlike traditional encryption methods that rely solely on algorithms, quantum encryption is protected by the laws of quantum physics and has ultra-high security.

  • Dividends flow from ecological improvement along Yellow River

    -- The Yellow River, meandering over 5,000 km from west to east, is called the "mother river" of the Chinese nation, as the river basin has nurtured the Chinese civilization.

    -- The ecological protection and high-quality development of the Yellow River basin has been regarded by the Chinese government as a long-term project concerning the very rejuvenation of the nation.

    -- The river basin is home to 420 million people, accounting for 30 percent of China's total population. From the plateau headwater to the estuary, increasing biodiversity and people's ever-improving living standards have been observed along with the restoration of the great river.

  • Double Eleven shopping festival brings in new features to offset pandemic impact

    Despite the gloom of the COVID-19 pandemic and the winter cold, for Chinese netizens, November heralds the country’s most enjoyable and exciting online event, the Single’s Day shopping spree. It is a shopping festival popular among young Chinese citizens that celebrates their pride in being single. The date, November 11th, was chosen because the number “1” represents an individual. Thus, this online festival is also known as the Double Eleven Festival in China.

  • E-commerce brings profitable sales channels for Inner Mongolians

    Standing beside his profitable greenhouses, villager Xing Changqing still remembers that just five years ago, his farming business was impacted by the cheap prices of vegetables and fruits grown in his field.

    "Back then, fresh products during the harvest season were not only devalued but also hard to sell in traditional marketplaces," said Xing, 58, who lives in a village in Horqin Township, Horqin Right Wing Front Banner, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

  • Early warning signals might aid in monitoring disease outbreaks: Study

    According to new research, early warning signals or EWS could help in the monitoring of disease outbreaks, such as COVID-19.

    The study has been published in the 'Biology Letters Journal'.

  • Economy to recover despite the second wave of Covid-19

    OP’s economists forecast a slow economic recovery following the major leap forward taken in the third quarter. The recovery will progress at the pace set by the pandemic, backed by economic stimulus measures. A faster-than-expected launch of Covid-19 vaccines on the market might accelerate the recovery.

    OP’s economists forecast that Finland’s GDP will contract by 4.0% in 2020 and rebound to a 3.0% growth in 2021.

  • EU Digital COVID Certificate now available for persons with no Finnish personal identity code

    Persons with no Finnish personal identity code can now obtain the EU Digital COVID Certificate as a printout from the healthcare service. It is not possible to get the certificate from My Kanta Pages without a personal identity code.

  • EU drug regulator to add brain blood clot warning to AstraZeneca vaccine

    The EU drug regulator advised on Thursday listing blood clots in the brain as a rare side effect of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 after observing cases that were not linked to a low platelet count.

  • EU reaches its goal as 70 percent adults fully vaccinated

    The European Union has achieved its first goal of mass vaccination against coronavirus, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced today.

  • EU structural inequalities in healthcare exposed by COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed structural inequalities in healthcare capacity across EU Member States threatening convergence in healthcare - where central and eastern Member States with lower health indicators had been catching up with more affluent Member States in a number of areas.

  • Europe hits highest weekly COVID-19 cases since pandemic began

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has informed that almost two million cases of COVID-19 were reported in Europe last week, the most in a single week in that region since the pandemic started.

  • European countries express interest in purchasing Denmark's unwanted AstraZeneca vaccines

    Many European countries on Thursday expressed their interest in purchasing unwanted AstraZeneca vaccines from Denmark.

    Hans Kluge, the Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe said Denmark was considering sharing unused doses with poorer countries, reported euronews.

  • Exclusion of Chinese 5G companies in Sweden hurts fair competition, consumers' interests

    The Chinese market has remained open to European companies, including Sweden's. Sweden, largely characterized by an open and export-oriented economy, should also provide Chinese companies with an open and fair business environment, like the one it allegedly provides to other foreign investors.

    Banning Chinese 5G suppliers in Sweden will hurt the principle of fair competition and jeopardize the interests of Swedish consumers.

  • Experts says COVID-19 vaccines effective despite virus mutations

    Coronavirus vaccines remain effective in spite of the virus mutations, said an official of the St. Petersburg Pasteur Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology on Friday.

    TASS reported quoting, deputy director of the St. Petersburg Pasteur Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Vladimir Dedkov that in spite of the virus mutations COVID-19 vaccines remain effective.

  • Finland could face a mental health crisis even after the pandemic 

    Expertsare concerned that the COVID- 19 pandemic could have long-lasting effects on the psychological wellbeing of individuals, eventually culminating in a public mental health crisis. 

    COVID- 19 and the subsequent panic, uncertainty and isolation have led to a widespread rise in cases of anxiety and depression. Mental health professionals warn that given current conditions, everyone is at risk for these diseases. 

  • Finland imposes restrictions on restaurants as fourth COVID-19 wave hits

    Food and drink businesses in Finnish regions with fast spread of the coronavirus will be required to observe new restrictions on liquor sale and opening hours beginning from July 24, the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health said on Thursday.

    "The Government has amended the decree restricting the activities of food and beverage service businesses due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

  • Finland should emergency approve and utilise Sputnik V Vaccine

    As the number of laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 infections peek in Finland, the country is going into another shutdown. Over 400k people have already received the first shot of a two-shot vaccine, but the rate of vaccination has altogether been disappointing. Finland, with 12.38 administered doses per 100 people is in 23rd place globally, after countries like Lithuania and Slovenia.

  • Finland should test its entire population to avoid a shutdown.

    Back in March, Finland avoided high infection and mortality rates from Covid 19 by going into an almost total shutdown. The government temporarily adopted existing emergency laws and among other measures, ordered the closure of the country’s borders, restaurants, and schools, limited public gatherings, and encouraged everyone who can work from home to do so. 

  • First meeting of WHO body to discuss new pandemics treaty to be held on March 1: Tedros

    Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday that the first meeting of the organization's commission to discuss new treaty on the COVID-19 pandemic will take place on March 1, 2022, and its final document will be presented in 2024.

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