• COVID-19: Study finds out two metres distancing not enough without masks

    According to researchers from Quebec, Illinois, and Texas, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 indoors, the two meters physical distancing guideline is not enough without masks.

  • COVID: South Africa's Health Minister unhappy with international reaction to Omicron strain

    South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla told Sputnik on Sunday that he is unhappy with the travel restrictions that many nations imposed on his country and its neighbors after the emergence of the new Omicron coronavirus strain.

  • CPC always puts people above everything

    As the Communist Party of China (CPC) is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the international society is also closely observing the world’s biggest Marxist ruling party that has gone through 100 glorious years, governed the world’s largest socialist country for over 70 years and owned 91 million members, trying to find an answer to why and how the CPC works there.

  • CPC leadership reviews guideline on promoting high-quality development of central region

    The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a meeting on Tuesday to review a guideline on promoting high-quality development of the country's central region in the new era.

    Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, chaired the meeting.

  • Current anti-COVID pills work well against Omicron, antibody drugs less effective: Study

    A new study has found the drugs behind the new pills to treat COVID-19 remain very effective against the Omicron variant of the virus in lab tests.

    The research has been published in the 'New England Journal of Medicine'.

  • Depoliticized immunization needed to fight global pandemic

    As the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging all over the globe, many believe vaccines are light at the end of the tunnel.

    "If pandemics are microbial wars, then vaccines are our preferred weapons of mass salvation," wrote World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a recent Foreign Policy article.

  • 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'.

  • Economists recommend worldwide easing of coronavirus restrictions

    Coronavirus health measures have improved significantly during the first quarter of 2022, according to a survey of experts. On average, assessments were up 10 points compared to the previous quarter. Moreover, the respondents favored a further easing of restrictions. These are among the findings of the latest Economic Experts Survey (EES) – a global quarterly survey conducted by the ifo Institute and the Swiss Economic Policy Institute – which this time had 1,603 participants from 132 countries.

  • 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.

  • EU to extend digital COVID-19 certificates: European Commission

    The European Union is not planning to abandon the digital coronavirus certificate just yet, although most countries have lifted sanitary restrictions related to COVID-19, a European Commission spokesperson Christian Wigand said on Wednesday. "It (validity period of certificate) would normally come to an end at the end of June, we have proposed to prolong it one more time simply because we do not know how the epidemiological situation will develop over the next months, in particular in autumn,"

  • 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.