The Recap: Expectation, Expansion & European Championship

The Recap: Expectation, Expansion & European Championship
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Increased coronavirus vaccine production at Puurs to have ‘significant and immediate impact’: The European Medicines Agency (EMA) gave the green light for the manufacturing capacity of BioNTech/Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccines to be expanded at the Puurs site in Belgium.

Reservations, fixed seats: How big-screen European Championship events will work: There will be quite a few rules involved for people who want to go watch the European Championship football matches on a big screen this month, according to a circular from Interior Affairs Minister Annelies Verlinden.

Don’t expect new relaxations on Friday, says Corona Commissioner: Even though all coronavirus figures in Belgium continue to decrease steadily, people should not expect any new relaxations from the Consultative Committee on Friday, according to Corona Commissioner Pedro Facon.

Belgian army begins discharge proceedings for Jürgen Conings due to absence from work: The Belgian army has formally begun the proceedings for a permanent discharge for Jürgen Conings, the fugitive soldier who has been the target of a 15-day manhunt after allegedly stealing an arsenal of deadly weapons from a military barracks and vanishing.

Shopping carts no guarantee of 1.5 metre distance in supermarket, research shows: Using a shopping cart in the supermarket has been mandatory for almost a year now, but research from the University of Amsterdam shows that it does not help people respect the 1.5 metres social distance.

Belgium’s Covid travel app expected to be available from mid-June: The Belgian coronavirus travel certificate, which will allow the country to implement the European Union’s system to facilitate free movement within the EU during the pandemic, will be available from June 17 at the earliest.

‘Either a referee or a player’: liberals oppose Equality Commissioner with headscarf: The president of the Francophone liberal MR party, Georges-Louis Bouchez, put the topic of the ban on headscarves back on the table following the appointment of Ihsane Haouach as Government Commissioner at the Institute of Equality for Women and Men.

Dutch-language initiative partners Brussels residents with newcomers: A new Dutch-language project, CoNnect Brussels, will partner Brussels residents with newcomers to the city to help them find their way in society and practice their language skills.

Two dead and 23 migrants missing off Tunisia: At least 23 migrants are missing and two have died off the coast of Tunisia, the Red Crescent, a Tunisian humanitarian association, said on Wednesday. The news comes the day after a rescue operation by the Tunisian army.

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