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When doctor Andreas Bootsveld has to make life-or-death decisions about COVID-19 patients, he is not aloneā€”as well as consulting his colleagues, he can draw on the advice of a team of specialists.

These experts are not with him in the , but at a bigger 20 kilometres (12 miles) away, linked up via videoconference as part of a project to connect medics in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The project dubbed the Virtual Hospital has been running since March and aims to help smaller hospitals take in and care for COVID-19 patients,

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Romania on Saturday received a first batch of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, which which the authorities say will be administered only to those between 18 and 55 years old.

It joins a growing number of countries to restrict the use of the AstraZeneca jab, although the EU medicines watchdog has approved it for all adults.

The shipment to Romania contained 81,600 doses.

“This month we should have a total of 600,000 doses. People can start making appointments on February 10,” Prime Minister Florin Citu told reporters after receiving a second jab.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is only