During Alex Azar's time serving as US health secretary, more than 390,000 people in the US have died from COVID-19.
The key stories of the week have been captured by photographers around the world.
Saturday’s vote isn’t the final word on who will run as the center-right candidate for chancellor in Germany’s September 26 election, but Laschet will either run for chancellor or will have a big say in who does.
British freight traders say European truck drivers could simply choose not to deliver to the UK over post-Brexit red tape.
The outgoing US president has overseen 13 federal executions since July, more than any president for 120 years.
Neale Richmond, European Affairs spokesperson for a coalition party, Fine Gael, described the move as an "outrage".
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The agency's emergency committee said there were still "too many fundamental unknowns" about the effectiveness of vaccines.
Herbert Kickl claimed that children would play "not the slightest role" in spreading the virus.
"Fewer doses will be available for European countries at the end of January and the beginning of February," said Pfizer.
For generations of British musicians, Europe has been more than just a place to play - it has been a pilgrimage. With Brexit, that decades-long link could have been finally severed.
All international arrivals to England will have to quarantine for 10 days from Monday amid concerns over the spread of new COVID variants.
The Norwegian Medicines Agency told Euronews it expected to see some deaths linked to vaccinations within nursing homes but noted that fatalities were “very, very rare”.
A hospital in Lyon, France, says it is the first in the world to carry out a double shoulder and arm transplant.
Campaigners say the measures, which include the closing of bars and restaurants, are "disproportionate" and "demonstrably ineffective".
Former Czech president Václav Klaus was pictured at a restaurant in Prague without a mask despite a COVID-19 lockdown across the country.
The Algerian, who was in France illegally, will be deported after he completes his four-month prison sentence.