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Will Malta need a mandatory fourth vaccine dose? Chris Fearne clarifies

 - COVID-19 - Feb 3 SHARE ON:
Will Malta need a mandatory fourth vaccine dose? Chris Fearne clarifies

As Malta continues to traverse through the COVID-19 pandemic, with Robert Abela recently revealing that more COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne has clarified if a mandatory fourth vaccine dose will be administered.

Addressing the question on TV show ‘Topik’, Fearne stated that the Health Authorities do not see the need for a fourth vaccine at this stage, “certainly until next autumn.” The Minister highlighted that there seems to be a general consensus on the lack of need for a fourth jab, going on to highlight that the global situation with regards to COVID-19 could become similar to what occurs for influenza, with an annual vaccine offer.

If that were the case, Fearne highlighted that Malta has enough doses to give out vaccines to whoever would like to receive it… “but for the rest of this winter, [they] aren’t considering giving out a fourth dose.”

Would you take the fourth dose if it was offered?

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More COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted on Monday, says PM

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More COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted on Monday, says PM

The government will lift more COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, PM Robert Abela has revealed.

The Prime Minister stated this during a conference with Finance Minister Clyde Caruana, where he also revealed that students and workers will receive €100 cheques and pensioners and those on social benefits will receive €200.

As of January 17, people not vaccinated with a booster were not allowed to enter a number of local establishments anymore. It was then announced that as of February 7th, restaurants, snack bars and band clubs would no longer require the presentation of a vaccine certificate.

What measures do you think should be lifted?

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Every worker and student in Malta will receive a €100 cheque, pensioners to receive €200

 - Local - Feb 3 SHARE ON:

In a press conference addressed earlier today by Prime Minister Robert Abela, it was announced that every single worker and student in Malta will receive a €100 cheque while pensioners and individuals on social benefits will receive €200. The PM highlighted that this incentive follows the two instances of government vouchers during the pandemic to help particular sectors.

This distribution of cash is an attempt to generate economic activity and is over and above the tax refund scheme which will be extended next year. A total of €70 million in cheques are expected to be distributed, with Abela stating that the government will be “your shield against the pandemic.”

The Prime Minister went on to state that his government will be one which incentivises people and not punishes them.

What do you make of this?

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‘Extreme’ weather conditions have cost Europe around €500 billion over 40 years

 - International - Feb 3 SHARE ON:
'Extreme' weather conditions have cost Europe around €500 billion over 40 years

Extreme weather conditions and sever floods have cost Europe around half a trillion euros over the past four decades, the European Environment Agency has revealed.

The agency’s recently-published data shows that Germany, France and Italy were the worst hit country with anywhere between 90,000 and 142,000 deaths being linked to climate-related issues and weather in Europe between 1980 and 2020. The data does not indicate a trend of increase in losses over the years due to climate crisis.

Lead author within the EEA, Wouter Vanneuville, has stated that extreme weather evens show no clear pattern and remain to appear relatively random, but adaptation is ongoing and impactful. Despite not showing a clear trend, extreme weather issues are likely to increase in frequency and intensity in the midst of the current climate crisis. “Countries across the world are implementing adaptation strategies,” he said.

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