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Retail sales in the Euro area rose by 3% in February

Statistics on the dynamics of retail sales in the euro area in February were better than the forecast of analysts. Sales increased by 3% compared to the previous month, with forecast growth of 1.5%.

On an annualized basis, retail sales declined 2.9%. Analysts had expected them to decline by 5.4%. Sales of goods belonging to the non-food group increased by 6.8%. Fuel sales in the euro area rose by 3.7%. At the same time, sales of food products decreased by 1.1%. Retail sales in the European Union increased by 2.9% month-on-month in February. Compared to the same month in 2020, they decreased by 2.2%.

The leaders in terms of sales growth in monthly terms were such countries as Austria, Slovenia, and Italy. The largest decline was recorded in Malta.

Compared to February of the previous year, the highest growth rate of retail sales was observed in Belgium, Austria, and Croatia. At the same time, Portugal, Slovakia, and Malta showed the highest rates of decline in retail sales.

Interpol rescued about 500 victims of human trafficking

As part of the operation, almost 200 attackers were detained. 24 countries participated in the special operation.

During the operation of the Century, provided by Interpol, about 500 victims of human trafficking, including children, were rescued. This was reported by Interpol on Friday, April 9.

“Operation Century, which means Stop in Swahili, was conducted from March 28 to April 2<…> and led to the detention of 195 people, of whom 88 [were detained] on charges of human trafficking, and another 63 — of illegal transportation of people. The remaining arrests were made on other charges, such as forgery, theft, drug-related crimes, and environmental crimes, “ the report said.

The operation involved 24 countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Brazil, Cape Verde, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Morocco, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

“Operation Century has once again demonstrated how closely related migrant smuggling and human trafficking are, especially in the context of a global health crisis, when the most vulnerable people are desperate to avoid difficulties, and criminal networks are simply seeking to make a profit,” Interpol added.

A resident of Athens died half an hour after the AstraZeneca vaccine

A 64-year-old resident of Athens died half an hour after being vaccinated with AstraZeneca, the Greek newspaper Proto Tema reports.

The woman was vaccinated in the clinic and then spent another 15 minutes there, as prescribed by the rules. About half an hour later, she was found unconscious in a nearby park. Medical workers tried to treat her on the spot but to no avail.

The National Vaccination Committee said there was no link between the woman’s death and vaccination. It is noted that the deceased suffered from chronic diseases.

Greek doctors also note that cases of thrombosis after the AstraZeneca vaccination were recorded 7-14 days after the introduction of the vaccine.

After the information about the formation of blood clots in patients vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, and several fatal cases, European countries began to massively abandon this vaccine.

Vaccination with the drug has been suspended in 24 countries, including Lithuania, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Portugal, Cyprus, Sweden, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Denmark, Iceland, and Norway.

Italy and France have announced their readiness to resume vaccination of AstraZeneca

The authorities of Italy and France announced their readiness to resume the use of the coronavirus vaccine, which was created by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca, in the vaccination campaigns of their countries. This is reported on the website of the Italian government.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi held a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron. They discussed the suspension of the AstraZeneca drug in some European countries. “This is a temporary precautionary measure that will last until Thursday, March 18, until the analysis of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is completed,” the report said.

If the EMA gives a positive verdict on the drug, Italy, and France are ready to “immediately return to its use”.

20 European countries have decided to ban the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The authorities of Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, and Spain have partially or completely stopped vaccination. The cause was the occurrence of thrombosis in the vaccinated.

At the same time, the company stated about the safety of the vaccine. AstraZeneca explained that a detailed study of the health status of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the EU and the UK with the coronavirus drug showed no data on an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, or thrombocytopenia.

How can Europe speed up the pace of vaccination?

About two months ago, a vaccination campaign was launched in Europe, but its pace leaves much to be desired. The supply of vaccines jointly purchased by the EU countries is only creaking. In some countries outside the EU, such as the UK or Serbia, vaccination is much faster. The European press is talking about how best to organize the campaign.

More flexibility!

Eesti Paevaleht writes about how the vaccination process could be accelerated:

“We should not adhere too strictly to priority lists. If the people on the list cannot be contacted, and the vaccine is sufficient, then you should offer vaccination to ordinary citizens. In addition to phone calls, it is necessary to use digital solutions. You also need to not be afraid of bold decisions — and try to vaccinate as many people as possible with the available vaccines. Those who have already had a corona do not need a second vaccination — you should also think about giving up the stocks of the second dose of vaccinations. … We could also ask them to lend us the doses of the vaccine that are due to us right now. So, for example, in warehouses in Germany, a fair supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine is stored, because people are afraid to get vaccinated with it.”

Copy the UK plan?

Many European countries are looking with envy at the UK, where, thanks to the pace of vaccination, collective immunity will be achieved in May. According to Visa, due to the rules that exist between the EU countries, Europe will not be able to go the same way:

“The UK has an advantage that no other European country has. … Portugal will be able to achieve collective immunity of 70 percent only if it cooperates with all other EU countries, as provided for by the general mechanism of interaction. In other words, we are talking not only about 14 million vaccinations for the Portuguese but also about 600 million vaccinations for 300 million people from the European Union. And this is very, very difficult.”

Effective measures to save tourism!

Turkey relies almost exclusively on the cheap vaccine of the Chinese manufacturer Sinovac. But this is clearly not enough, “ Milliyet believes:

“Last year, Turkey’s tourism revenues fell by 65 percent. … In the new year, the season, of course, will be more lively than in the past, that’s for sure. But first, Turkey should have achieved the lifting of restrictions on tourism from EU countries. Then it would be good for her to achieve a level of vaccination comparable to competitors-Spain, Greece, and Portugal. … Corona shots aren’t that cheap — some cost $18 per dose. So far, Turkey has bought the vaccine much cheaper, but if you make a cost estimate, you should also take into account the billions of dollars that usually come to the country through tourism. … It turns out that the dollars generated by tourism are a magical money tree that will grow out of the coins that will have to be spent on vaccines.”