Saturday 17 April 2021

Bill for 'coronavirus free' events goes up

Criticism of the so-called Fieldlab events – visits to theatres, museums, stadiums and bars with a negative fast test –  is increasing because of controversy surrounding the spiralling costs for testing centres and the rationale behind them, Dutch media report. Health minister Hugo de Jonge told MPs in a briefing on Wednesday evening that the actual budget for the five month programme will be €1.1bn – up from an earlier estimate of €925m. The budget is not a blank cheque... More >

Dutch pause J&J vaccine roll-out

The Netherlands will not start using the Leiden-developed Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine until the European Medicines Agency has completed its safety review, health minister Hugo de Jonge said on Wednesday evening. The Netherlands has some 80,000 doses of the single shot vaccine in storage but J&J has asked EU countries not to use them until the research into rare blood clots has been completed. The vaccine was destined for front line healthcare staff and people in living in small... More >