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02-12-2021 20:57

Toast by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, at the official dinner in honor of the delegation of the Holy See, at the Presidential Palace

I would like to welcome you to Cyprus and to express our gratitude for your presence with us tonight.The visit of His Holiness, Pope Francis, to Cyprus is a truly historic event and constitutes a great honour for my country and its people.This visit comes at testing times for the entire world. Inequality is rising. Intolerance is prevalent among peoples and faith. Human rights remain under attack.  Injustice is widespread.Forced displacement and migration, do not only jeopardize efforts to...

02-12-2021 20:19

Address by Pope Francis to representatives of the Authorities, the Diplomatic Corps and the Civil Society at the Presidential Palace, in Cyprus

Mr President of the Republic,Members of Government and of the Diplomatic Corps,Distinguished Religious and Civil Authorities,Illustrious Representatives of Society and the World of Culture,Ladies and Gentlemen,I greet you most cordially and I am most pleased to be present among you. I thank you, Mr President, for the welcome you have offered me in the name of the entire population. I have come as a pilgrim to a country geographically small, but historically great; to an island that down ...

02-12-2021 19:26

Address by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, at the ceremony of Pope Francis’ address to the Diplomatic Corps representatives and the representatives of the Authorities and the Civil Society

Holy Father,It is the highest honour for the State, for myself personally and for the entire people of Cyprus, to welcome you today to the Republic of Cyprus.Your visit, the second official one of a Primate of the Roman Catholic Church, to our country, constitutes a historic moment, brings feelings of great emotion and at the same time sincere joy.Cyprus was defined as a stop in the footsteps of the great missionaries and one of the first links in the Christian chain, and determined the ro...

02-12-2021 17:28

Address by Pope Francis to the Catholic Community, Maronite Cathedral of Our Lady of Grace

Your Beatitudes, Dear Brother Bishops,Dear Priests, Men and Women Religious, and Catechists,Dear Brothers and Sisters, Χαίρετε! [Greetings!]I am pleased to be here among you. I express my gratitude to Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï for his kind words, and I cordially greet Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa. I am grateful to all of you for your ministry and your service, especially to you, sisters, for the educational work you carry on in the schools, so well attended by the children of the i...

02-12-2021 16:56

Photo Album - Pope Francis’ Arrival

Pope Francis arrives in Cyprus.

02-12-2021 14:22

Rapid antigen testing units – 3 December 2021

Based on the decisions of the Council of Ministers, and aiming at the suppression of the dispersion of the virus SARS-CoV-2, as of the 18th of October, in places where SafePass is required, individuals aged 12 and above must hold one of the following:1.   Certificate of full vaccination.2.   Proof that they have been infected with COVID-19 during the last six months.3.   Certificate of a PCR negative test or a negative rapid antigen test result, valid for 72 hours.According to the Ministe...

02-12-2021 14:19

EMA starts rolling review of Valneva’s COVID-19 vaccine (VLA2001)

EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) has started a rolling review of VLA2001, a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Valneva.The CHMP’s decision to start the rolling review is based on preliminary results from laboratory studies (non-clinical data) and early clinical studies in adults. These studies suggest that the vaccine triggers the production of antibodies that target SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and may help protect against the disease.EMA will evaluate data as they be...

02-12-2021 14:17

Increase in manufacturing capacity for COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca

EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) has approved a new site to manufacture Vaxzevria (previously COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) finished product. The site, operated by WuXi Biologics, is located in Leverkusen, Germany.In addition to this new manufacturing facility, the CHMP has also given a positive opinion to scale up manufacturing to triple the batch size of finished product at a site operated by Amylin Ohio in West Chester Township, Ohio, the United States.These changes are expected to...

02-12-2021 13:15

Consumer price index: November 2021

In November 2021, the Consumer Price Index increased by 0,57 units and reached 105,36 units compared to 104,79 units in October 2021. In November 2021, the inflation increased by 4,3%.   (Table 1)For the period January-November 2021, the CPI increased by 2,2% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.As regards the economic origin, the largest changes when compared to the index of November 2020 were recorded in Electricity (35,7%) and Petroleum products (30,0%). In comparis...

02-12-2021 12:21

Statement by the Minister of Health, Mr Michalis Hadjipantela, following the meeting of the Council of Ministers

The large response of our fellow citizens to the call for vaccination in all districts sends encouraging messages for the management of the pandemic and the shielding of public health. This can be seen from the mass attendance of citizens at the vaccination centres over the last few days. In particular, in the last 10 days, about 10 thousand of our fellow citizens rushed to receive the 1st dose of the vaccine, while 70 thousand people rushed to receive the 3rd/booster dose.However, last Frid...