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Two days ahead of the meeting of European leaders on a coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Commission set out a number of actions needed to step up the fight against the pandemic. In a Communication adopted today, it calls on Member States to accelerate the roll-out of vaccination across the EU: by March 2021, at least 80% of people over the age of 80, and 80% of health and social care professionals in every Member State should be vaccinated. And by summer 2021, Member States should have vaccinated a minimum of 70% of the adult population.

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The European Commission today proposed to the EU Member States to purchase an additional 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by BioNTech and Pfizer, with the option to acquire another 100 million doses.  

This would enable the EU to purchase up to 600 million doses of this vaccine, which is already being used across the EU.

The additional doses will be delivered starting in the second quarter of 2021. 

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On Monday afternoon, 25 January, European Commission Vice-President Margaritas Schinas (responsible for the fight against antisemitism among other things) will have a 40-minute conversation with Irish Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental. This event is being jointly hosted by the European Commission and the European Jewish Congress.

The interview will be broadcast live on the Facebook page of the European Jewish Congress at 3pm: https://www.facebook.com/Eurojewcong.

It can also be followed on Zoom. Register at: https://eurojewcong-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dnECKdVrRpertUm6o1T_2Q

Date: 
25/01/2021

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Are you a third level student?  Do you want to know more about what a translator or an interpreter does?  Are you interested in working in a multilingual and multicultural environment? Do you want to know how to become an EU translator or interpreter?

Hear from staff translators and interpreters working for the European Commission about their career paths and what their jobs entail.

The European Commission’s translation and interpreting Directorates General (DGT and DG SCIC) have teamed up for a virtual tour of Irish universities during January and February 2021.  

Date: 
27/01/2021 to 11/02/2021