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A nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Love Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, on 26 August 2021 | Photographer: SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg

Vaccine inequity can lead to more Covid variants, waive IP rights immediately, India warns WTO

New variant Omicron has put ‘spotlight’ back on the fact that there exists ‘discrimination between vaccinated and unvaccinated people’, India said at a WTO meet in Geneva.

Google loses appeal against €2.4 billion fine. Tech giants must rethink their business models

The internet as we know it – in which most services are free to use but consumers pay by giving away their private data – may come to an end.
The European Union flag. | Pixabay

Here’s all you need to know about EU’s carbon border tax and what it means for trade

For far too long, trade and environment regimes have evolved in parallel, and collaboration across the two communities has been unsatisfactory.
Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin, China on 28 July 2021 | Twitter/@MFA_China

China’s Taliban strategy is taking shape. But it wants to secure its border regions first

Chinascope — The Week Behind The Wall is everything you need to know about what’s happening in China this week.
Representational image for Indian rice | Commons

Did EU get GM rice from India? Govt & experts say impossible shipment was ‘contaminated’

In June, EU flagged 500 tonnes of rice converted to flour for GM content, and claimed it was from India. Now, anti-GM groups have written to govt alleging ‘contamination or leaks’.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi (file photo) | Bloomberg

If anybody can lead EU after Angela Merkel, it’s Super Mario

What gives Italian PM Mario Draghi so much authority is in part his technocratic and diplomatic manner. But it’s also his prior career as an economist.

India expects EU to recognise CoWIN vaccination certificate for travel, says MEA

MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said EU has instituted a 'digital Covid certificate' for exempting travel restrictions & expects Indians with CoWIN certificates to be treated at par.
Representational image of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India under the name Covishield | Photo: ANI

Austria, Germany, Spain among 9 EU countries accepting Covishield vaccine for travel

As part of the EU's 'Green Pass' coming into effect Thursday, persons who have taken vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency will be exempted from travel restrictions.
Representational image | Twitter | @EU_in_India

India asks EU to accept Covaxin & Covishield for Green Pass, offers quarantine relief in return

India has urged EU member states to include Covaxin and Covishield in the Digital Covid Certificate and also asked them to accept CoWIN vaccine certification.

Jaishankar highlights need for vaccine equity, fair travel regime in meeting with EU leader

In his two-nation tour, the external affairs minister also met OECD Secretary-General and his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor on the sidelines of G-20 ministeral meetings.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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