27th Mar 2023


Sputnik V delay caused by Russia, EU says

EU approval of Russia's 'Sputnik V' coronavirus vaccine has been delayed because Russia "repeatedly postponed the timing of the inspection requested by the EMA [European Medicines Agency]," the EU's ambassador to Russia, Markus Ederer, told Russian media RBC Friday. The process was a "technical one", but Russian officials "make this about politics," he added. EMA non-approval means Russian travellers face difficulties in Europe because their vaccination-pass is not universally accepted.

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Biden's 'democracy summit' poses questions for EU identity

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Okay, alright, AI might be useful after all

Large Language Models could give the powers trained data-journalists wield, to regular boring journalists like me — who don't know how to use Python. And that makes me tremendously excited, to be honest.

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