Johnson & Johnson could apply for EMA approval in February

Johnson & Johnson could apply for EMA approval in February

US pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson may submit an official application for approval of its Covid-19 vaccine to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in February, according to European Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine would be the fourth, after that of Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna (which are both already being administered) and AstraZeneca/Oxford (for which an application was submitted on Monday) that could be approved. The vaccine, “Ad26.COV2.S”, is administered in a single dose, and has been undergoing a rolling review by the EMA since the beginning of December….

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Belgium passes mark of 670,000 coronavirus infections

Belgium passes mark of 670,000 coronavirus infections

More than 670,000 Belgians have been infected with coronavirus as daily infections continue to rise, according to the latest figures published by the Sciensano public health institute on Thursday. Between 4 and 10 January, an average of 2,082.7 new people tested positive per day over the past week, which is a 28% increase compared to the week before. The total number of confirmed cases in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic is 670,249. The total reflects all people in Belgium who have been infected, and includes confirmed active cases…

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Scottish fish can’t find its way to Europe, Brexit and COVID are to blame

Scottish fish can’t find its way to Europe, Brexit and COVID are to blame

Scottish fishermen are finding it impossible to sell their catches to the continent because of administrative delays associated with the new rules on trade between the UK and the EU. The problem is that the delays mean that by the time the fish landed by Scottish boats arrives at auction, it is no longer fresh enough to meet the demands of traders and customers. As a result, The Independent reports, the price of some fish have collapsed by as much as 80%. The British fishing industry exports 70% of its…

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Christmas hamsters push Tesco sales to the records

Christmas hamsters push Tesco sales to the records

Tesco saw “record” sales over Christmas as customers spoiled themselves in lockdown with online orders of deluxe range products. UK like-for-like sales were up 8.1% in the six weeks to 9 January as the supermarket saw a 14% jump in demand for goods in its Tesco Finest range. Sales of vegan Christmas alternatives also surged, it added. Big grocers have benefited at a time when non-essential shops and restaurants are closed due to Covid. Tesco said customers had “looked for more opportunities to treat themselves” as the UK faced strict…

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