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MAJOR: Belgium Begins Testing on Non-Vaccine Treatment for Covid-19

By Gabriela Galindo – The Brussels Times – A clinical trial for a drug with the potential to treat one of the symptoms of the illness caused by the new coronavirus (Covid-19) will begin in Belgium on Wednesday. French biotechnology company Biophytis got the green light from the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products […]

MAJOR: Macron Loses Majority in Parliament as 10 MPs Quit Party

PARIS – President Emmanuel Macron faces the loss of his party’s majority in the French parliament with the defection of about ten left-wing members who say he has broken his centrist promises and is running a “conservative government”. Macron’s party, La République En Marche (LREM), has lost its absolute majority in the French National Assembly, […]

French Healthcare Workers Weigh Life-or-Death Decisions Amid Shortages

PARIS – With those worst hit by the virus facing an agonizing death from asphyxia, palliative care specialists in France are struggling amid drug shortages to give victims the most humane end possible. As the epidemic gathers pace, medics in the badly hit east of the country have been sharing their experiences of how they […]

MAJOR: France Says Coronavirus Crisis Puts EU Credibility on Line

PARIS – A French minister stated how the European Union responds to the coronavirus outbreak will determine its future credibility as the pathogen continues to take a heavy toll across the bloc. “If Europe is just a single market when times are good, then it has no sense,” French State Secretary for European Affairs Amelie de […]

MAJOR: France Recalling Troops From Iraq Over Coronavirus

PARIS/BAGHDAD – Paris will remove all of its troops currently stationed in Iraq for the time being over concerns about the spread of Covid-19, the French military announced. “France has taken the decision to repatriate until further notice its personnel deployed in operation Chammal in Iraq,” the Armed Forces Ministry said on Wednesday, adding that […]

Coronavirus Death Toll Spikes to 674 in France as Cases Surpass 16,000

PARIS – The number of people suffering from the novel coronavirus has increased to 16,018, and 674 people have died, the French Health Ministry said late Sunday. These figures have increased from 14,459 infections and 562 deaths the day before, the ministry noted, according to Daily Sabah. The first hospital doctor has also died, the […]