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Leaders of Germany, Spain meet to align progressive agendas

Jan. 17, 2022 13:20 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met Monday in the Spanish capital to align their left-wing agendas and plan how to boost progressive policies in the 27-nation European Union. After taking over last month from Angela Merkel as...

Spain caps sale price of home test kits amid surge in demand

Jan. 13, 2022 08:25 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain is introducing price controls for COVID-19 home testing kits, authorities announced Thursday, after an outcry over reports of price-gouging during the Christmas holidays when demand for the rapid antigen tests outpaced supply. The maximum price for the kits on...

Djokovic back into swing in Australia, visa questions linger

Jan. 11, 2022 12:34 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic held a practice session on Tuesday, a day after he left immigration detention, focusing on defending his Australian Open title even while he still faces the prospect of deportation because he’s not vaccinated against COVID-19. The...

Spanish PM calls for debate on treating COVID-19 as endemic

Jan. 10, 2022 06:29 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says that amid falling lethality rates for COVID-19, Spain wants European officials to consider whether to move away from the detailed tracking that the pandemic has required until now to a flu-like monitoring system. The change...

Live updates: Australia state has 2nd day of high caseload

Dec. 23, 2021 21:15 PM EST

SYDNEY — Australia’s New South Wales state is reporting more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the second straight day as the state and federal governments roll out measures meant to curb the spread of the virus. The Federal health minister also said experts have...

Spain to adopt mask-wearing outdoors amid record virus surge

Dec. 22, 2021 17:46 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is convening a special Cabinet meeting Thursday to pass a law by decree that makes it mandatory to wear masks outdoors, amid a record surge in COVID-19 cases. Sánchez announced at a meeting with the leaders of regional...

Stickers and superheroes: EU starts vaccinating kids 5-11

Dec. 15, 2021 13:02 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece, Italy and a handful of other European Union nations began vaccinating children ages 5-11 against COVID-19 on Wednesday as EU governments braced for the omicron variant to spread quickly during the travel and large gatherings of the holiday season. ...

Spain approves COVID vaccine for children in 5-11 age group

Dec. 07, 2021 09:47 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s health ministry gave the go-ahead Tuesday for children between ages 5 and 11 to be vaccinated against COVID-19 amid a rise in coronavirus infections in recent weeks. The Spanish health ministry tweeted news of the approval, following the decision of an...

Spain: PM urges Christmas caution as hospital staff infected

Dec. 06, 2021 12:35 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s prime minister on Monday urged people to “remain prudent” about COVID-19 over the holidays, as Christmas festivities at one Spanish hospital are suspected of infecting dozens of staff. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told reporters that Spaniards can't...

Live updates: Obama, Fauci encourage vaccinations at clinic

Nov. 30, 2021 19:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, visited a children’s vaccination clinic in Washington Tuesday to encourage kids to get a COVID-19 shot. Speaking to kids and parents at Kimball Elementary...