EU: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

EU enters into deal with AstraZeneca, for first Covid-19 vaccine

Published: August 15, 2020

The European Union has entered into an agreement to but at least 300 million doses of AstraZeneca’s potential COVID 19 vaccine in the first-ever such deal in advance by the group. This is expected to weaken the global approach taken by the World Health Organization in this regard. What is the Deal? The European Union, ..

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First-ever EU cyber sanctions imposed on Russian, Chinese, North Korean agents

Published: July 31, 2020

The European Union has imposed its first-ever sanctions over cyber-attacks, slapping them on alleged Russian military agents, Chinese cyberspies and organizations including a North Korean firm. Details of Sanctions The six people and three groups hit with sanctions include Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency. The EU baled them for the 2017 WannaCry ransomware and NotPetya ..

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European Union Signs Agreement with Gilead for Supply of Remdesivir

Published: July 29, 2020

The European Union has reached an agreement with Gilead Sciences Inc. regarding the supply of the company’s antiviral drug Remdesivir to combat the deadly COVID 19 pandemic in the countries of the bloc. The deal of 63 million euros ($74 million) has been signed for procurement of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir which is ..

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Facebook Sues EU Anti-Trust Regulator for Excessive Data Requests

Published: July 28, 2020

The US-based social media giant, Facebook, has announced that it is suing the EU Anti-trust regulator for seeking information beyond the realm of necessity, including personal details, for their investigations into the company’s data and marketplace. Background The social media company is under the EU lens and it has been going on since the last ..

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India-EU Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement Renewed till 2025

Published: July 25, 2020

India and the European Union have renewed its agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation for a period of the next five years (2020-2025) and this has been done now by the exchange of Note Verbale between two sides. The initial agreement was signed in 2001 and has been renewed since then twice. Details of the ..

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