Finland goes back to school and other Europe news

A Helsinki school yard, 14 May 20
Finnish teachers are telling children about social distancing

Finland goes back to school, as France worries about the US getting vaccine priority. Here are some of the latest developments in Europe.

  • In much of Europe children remain stuck at home under lockdown, but in Finland schools have reopened. The Finnish teachers’ union warns that it may not be totally safe for staff or children, however. Children are back in class, under social distancing rules, for two weeks before the summer break
  • It would be "unacceptable" for French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi to give priority to the US market if it develops a Covid-19 vaccine, French Deputy Finance Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher says. Earlier, Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson said "the US government has the right to the largest pre-order because it’s invested in taking the risk"
  • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says he has double pneumonia and has given a grim description of his Covid-19 infection. He and his wife are in hospital. Mr Peskov called the virus “an absolute bloodsucker”, and said the hyperactive immune system “eats up your lungs”
  • Germany has reported 933 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours, making 172,239 in total. The Robert Koch Institute says 89 more people have died and the reproduction (R) rate has dropped to 0.8. Rates above 1.0 mean that on average one person infects more than one other
  • In Montenegro there were clashes between police and hundreds of protesters angered by the arrest of a Serbian Orthodox bishop and seven priests suspected of violating the coronavirus lockdown
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