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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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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New Covid-19 restrictions leave UK travellers stranded in German airports

New Covid-19 restrictions leave UK travellers stranded in German airports

Passengers on several flights from the UK to Germany were left stranded in German airports on Sunday night due to measures over a new coronavirus strain in the UK. A group of 63 passengers who flew from the UK to Hanover was not allowed to leave the airport immediately, having to pass a coronavirus test first. Tests were carried out at the airport by medical personnel. The results of those tests will probably be known on Monday. In the meantime, cots were installed in the airport for passengers to spend…

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Belgium’s TOP-20 cars of 2020

Belgium’s TOP-20 cars of 2020

The Volkswagen Golf tops the list of Belgium’s top 20 cars of 2020 after the worst year for new car sales in over 20 years, according to automobile federations Febiac, Traxio and Renta. The Golf is trailed by the Renault Clio and the Mercedes A Class, the Volvo XC40 and the Skoda Octavia. The Citroën C3, Peugeot 208, Renault Captur, Volkswagen Polo and BMW X1 make up the remaining part of the top 10. These cars are followed by the Opel Corsa, BMW 1 series, Hyundai Tucson, BMW 3 series…

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Brussels start-up has its finger in the dyke of water loss

Brussels start-up has its finger in the dyke of water loss

The Brussels-based tech start-up Shaype has raised €1.9 million euros in fresh investment capital for a system to tackle huge water losses in buildings. Shaype was set up in 2017 by three partners to work on a system to use technology to tackle the problem of major water losses in large buildings, whether industrial or residential, including apartment blocks. According to the company, one in three large buildings suffers from water leaks, 95% of which go undetected. In 3% of buildings, leaks will lead to water damage. In the rest,…

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Flemish government ‘leaning towards postponing January sales’

Flemish government ‘leaning towards postponing January sales’

The Flemish government is moving in favour of postponing the January sales in 2021, according to the region’s economy minister Hilde Crevits (CD&V). Under the latest set of regulations for dealing with the Covid-19 epidemic in Belgium, which were published today, non-essential shops will be able to open again from Tuesday, just in time for Sinterklaas and later Christmas. Traditionally, the official sales period in January stars on the first opening day of the New Year, at which time the rules on shopping will still be as strict as ever:…

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Belgium’s biggest Lego store to open in Brussels

Belgium’s biggest Lego store to open in Brussels

Belgium’s biggest Lego store will open in Brussels next year, with the news that the toy giant will open a new store on Rue Neuve in Spring 2021. The 270 square metre store is the latest opening of the Lego brand, known for its toy bricks, which have been named “toy of the century” twice. First started in 1932, the brand has grown eponentially, with stores in over 40 countries. The new store will be the second in Belgium. “We are very excited that after the Lego Store in Wijnegem,…

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French economy continues shrinking, the results of the fourth quarter is under pressure

French economy continues shrinking, the results of the fourth quarter is under pressure

The French economy will be shrinking again in the fourth quarter due to the reintroduction of lockdown measures against the rising coronavirus. That’s what the French statistical office Insee reported. In the best-case scenario, where the restrictions end on 1 December and economic activity picks up strongly again, a quarter-on-quarter contraction of 2.5 percent is expected. If the pandemic continues and economic activity does not improve, the decline can be 6%, says Insee. For the whole of 2020, the bureau is counting on a 9% to 10% reduction in the…

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Brexit: UK will not change anything, says David Frost

Brexit: UK will not change anything, says David Frost

The United Kingdom must retain control of its laws, trade and water after its withdrawal from the European Union and will not budge on these issues, London’s Chief Negotiator, David Frost, warned on Sunday ahead of a new cycle of talks in Brussels on the future relationship with the EU. “We are working to get a deal, but the only one that’s possible is one that is compatible with our sovereignty and takes back control of our laws, our trade and our waters,” Frost said in a message on Twitter….

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An unequal market: Brexit, coronavirus, and the economic crash buffet Britain’s housing market

An unequal market: Brexit, coronavirus, and the economic crash buffet Britain’s housing market

Even as the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier stressed the bloc’s willingness to compromise to reach a deal with London, Boris Johnson’s earlier insistence on letting his country crash out of the EU still seems like the most probable option. If Johnson sticks to his words, the decision will sow chaos through the delicate supply chains that stretch across Britain, the EU and beyond, just as the economic hit from the COVID-19 pandemic worsens. With the end of the year quickly approaching, the British government has shown little interest…

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