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The Czech government has approved 250 million CZK in spending to develop their own COVID-19 vaccine.  Jan Blatný, Minister of Health, previously said the plan wasn’t worth pursuing in December, claiming that “The Ministry of Health sees no reason for further support.”  Now, against the opinions of some experts, Blatný has decided to give the project his support. According to Aktualne.cz, 40 million CZK will be spent on paying staff. 30-40 million CZK will be given to the State Institute for Public Health, 40-80 million CZK will go toward establishing a production site, 40-80 million CZK will be the “operating costs,” academic researchers will be entitled to 20 million CZK, and another 20 million CZK will be spent on institutionalRead more.

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České aerolinie (Czech Airlines or CSA) is revealing how it plans to stay alive as a company.  CSA has announced that it will not be shutting down, but undergoing an elaborate restructuring plan that likely means letting go of hundreds of its employees.  The airline was no exception in one of the hardest-hit industries in the world by the coronavirus restrictions, forcing its parent company, Smartwings Aviation Group, to request 1.1 billion CZK in compensation for its troubles. CSA recorded a loss of 1.5 billion CZK for 2020, and additionally, can’t find a leasing company to support their flights for the rest of the year. “CSA will not be shutting down our operations in any way, and our restructuring processRead more.

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Czech content creators and publishers are signing contracts with Google to have their material featured in the Google News Showcase.  First reported on by Lupa.cz, the San Fransisco-based tech overlords announced on their European Twitter account that they had signed deals with “The UK, Germany, Czechia, and elsewhere.” Google News is an application within the Google platform that pays media publications for the right to feature their stories. This isn’t yet available in the Czech Republic, and most Czechs just use the homepage at Seznam.cz as their own version of Google News. According to Lupa.cz’s sources, Czech publishers have already signed contracts with Google to get their content featured.  “We are already negotiating with publishers in the Czech Republic. SomeRead more.