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Gabriel returns to virtual events after week of cancellations

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EU R&D commissioner is speaking in videoconferences again, following her positive test for Covid-19

The EU research, innovation and education commissioner Mariya Gabriel has started participating in virtual work appointments again, following a week in which her appointments were cancelled after she announced testing positive for Covid-19 on 10 October.

Gabriel participated online in two events on 22 and 23 October, speaking at conferences on the importance of higher education in tackling global challenges and the roles of science and education in fuelling economic growth.

In the week commencing 26 October, she has appointments including giving keynote speeches via videoconference on attracting young people into scientific and technical employment and on how education institutions can respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Responding to queries from Research Professional News on 20 October, a Commission spokesperson said Gabriel was on sick leave and not participating in appointments, but that she might participate in appointments later in the week if her health allowed it. In the previous week, the spokesperson said Gabriel’s appointments for that week had been cancelled.

Gabriel announced on 5 October that she was self-isolating after one of her team tested positive for Covid-19.