• 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. 

  • Finnish innovation: Pine resin component destroys coronavirus on plastic surfaces

    Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland have made a breakthrough in the battle against the spread of infectious diseases by developing surfaces tailored to combat viruses, including the coronavirus. Their latest study has discovered that an ingredient found in pine resin significantly reduces the infectivity of coronaviruses on plastic surfaces, offering a promising solution for public spaces and medical facilities.

  • 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.

  • Freedom cannot stand against rule of law

    The collapse of Apple Daily is a response to the call of justice, common aspiration, and market demand.

    Since the Hong Kong-based tabloid repeatedly violated law and morality, its operator and employees were punished by laws. Besides, its poor management also contributed a key reason for its closure.

  • French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said that Chinese and Russian vaccines are necessary for the world to win the "war" against COVID-19. "We should work with the Chinese and Russians so that the vaccines developed by their scientists be integrated in this great multilateral effort -- immediately when they start the necessary certifications by the WHO (World Health Organisation)," he said

    By intentionally misquoting professionals on a World Health Organization (WHO) team who have concluded their mission on COVID-19 origin-tracing in China, the Times, among some other Western media, have made themselves accomplices in politicizing the pandemic.

    - While China is committed to transparency and global collaboration in the fight against COVID-19, some Western media like the Times have no qualms about abusing their influence to mislead the public over China out of self-interest.

  • G7 agrees on global minimum tax rate of at least 15 pct

    Calling it a "significant, unprecedented" commitment, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that the global minimum tax would end the race-to-the-bottom in corporate taxation, and ensure fairness for the middle class and working people in the United States and around the world.

    WASHINGTON, June 5 (Xinhua) -- The Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations have agreed to support new rules that will achieve a global minimum tax rate of at least 15 percent, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Saturday.

  • G7 leaders pledge 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to world: UK PM

    The leaders of the Group of Seven nations have pledged over 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for the rest of the world - either directly or through funding to COVAX, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced.

    In a statement to mark the end of the Summit hosted by the UK, Boris Johnson said: "A week ago, I asked my fellow leaders to help in preparing and providing the doses we need to vaccinate the whole world by the end of 2022."

  • Gallery: Dancing With the Starts launches despite covid-19

    As the world is preparing for the second wave of Covid-19, Finland’s MTV3 channel is launching the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars. The popular international TV format has lasted 12 seasons in Finland where it has been a launchpad for celebrities into politics and ex politicians and retired athletes to the stage under a different spotlight.

    Even though Keeping the recommended two meters distance is impossible while dancing, it has not been restricted in the regulations of social distancing. Covid-19 has restricted and cancelled several of events in 2020. 

  • Gene mutation could explain why some don't get sick from COVID-19: Study

    A new study conducted by researchers from UC San Francisco reveals that people who contract COVID-19 but remain asymptomatic, often referred to as "super dodgers," may have a hereditary advantage. These individuals are more than twice as likely as those who develop symptoms to carry a specific gene variation that aids in eradicating the virus.

    Published in Nature on July 19, 2023, the study provides the first evidence that there is a genetic basis for asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection.

  • Germany recommends mixing COVID vaccines

    Germany on Friday recommended that people mix AstraZeneca COVID vaccines with Pfizer or Moderna to enhance immune responses against coronavirus and shorten the interval period between the two shots.

    The German government advised people to choose either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for their second jab, reported NHK World.

  • Global Covid-19 caseload breaches 150-million mark

    The Coronavirus cases across the globe have breached the 150 million mark, according to the latest update by Johns Hopkins University.

    As of 9:51 am IST, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) reported that the global caseload stood at 150,133,654 while the fatalities from the deadly pathogen stood at 3,162,166.

  • Global COVID-19 deaths cross 3 million

    Global COVID-19 deaths have crossed the 3 million mark, according to the latest update by Johns Hopkins University on Saturday.

    According to the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), as of 1.50 pm IST, the total COVID-19 cases worldwide stand at 139,979,449 and the deaths across the world stand at 3,000,225.

  • Green consumption comes into fashion in China

    Green consumption is becoming a new trend in China as more and more Chinese people advocate the new consumption philosophy featuring environmental-friendly, low-carbon, healthy and safe consumption.

    New energy vehicles, and household supplies, such as energy-efficient light bulbs and water conserving toilets, are increasingly popular among Chinese consumers. Meanwhile, the Chinese people tend to order smaller-portion dishes in restaurants and try not to use disposable tableware.

  • High risk of depression persists following COVID-19 pandemic: Data behind the mental health crisis

    Lower levels of health, increasing financial pressure and a significant degree of unmet healthcare: these are the findings of the fifth round of the Living, working and COVID-19 e-survey: Living in a new era of uncertainty – a report that presents an overview of responses from over 200,000 people across all five rounds of the e-survey, which took place from spring 2020 to spring 2022.