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Coronavirus 03-05-2021

Commission aims to roll out COVID-19 travel certificates by June

According to an EU official, in the first week of June, the majority of EU countries should be technically ready for COVID-19 certificates which should be officially rolled out to citizens by the end of that month.
Coronavirus 29-04-2021

Parliament gives green light for COVID-19 certificate negotiations

European lawmakers adopted their negotiating position on the European Commission's proposal for the digital green certificates on Thursday (29 April), paving the way for what is likely to be a tough inter-institutional negotiation with the Council representing the 27 member states.
Coronavirus 27-04-2021

Commission, industry dubious about IP rights waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

Both the European Commission and vaccine manufacturers are not convinced by the potential benefits of waiving the intellectual property (IP) rights of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. 
Health 23-04-2021

Commission: Antimicrobial resistance among biggest global health threats

The European Commission backs the stance of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the importance of approaching the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in a multilateral, global way.
Health 22-04-2021

Obesity must not become a new normal, MEPs warn

Participants of a launch event of a new European Parliamentary Interest Group on Obesity and Health System Resilience call on better obesities treatment management.
Health 15-04-2021

Health experts call for the GDPR revision for cross-border health data sharing

Health experts are urging EU policymakers and legislators to review the EU’s legal data protection framework, the GDPR, which is hampering the sharing of pseudonymised health data outside the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA).
Coronavirus 08-04-2021

EU ‘better off’ with Sputnik V, says MEP as Germany moves to secure Russian shots

Germany's health minister Jens Spahn has said he is prepared to push ahead without the rest of the bloc to purchase doses of the Russian Sputnik V virus vaccine after approval from European regulators and would be entitled to do so, according to the Commission.
Coronavirus 01-04-2021

New report: COVID pandemic disruption caused ‘avoidable deaths’ of mothers and babies

Pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Lancet study published on Wednesday (31 March), with researchers now calling for more priority to be given to maternity care during the health crisis.
Coronavirus 31-03-2021

New international treaty will help prepare for future pandemics, EU’s Michel says

The international pandemic treaty currently in the making should serve as a framework for future preparedness against global health threats, said European Council president Charles Michel, who originally came up with the idea.
Coronavirus 24-03-2021

EU on the outs with AstraZeneca as vaccine deliveries struggle to take off

EU officials remain frustrated by the behaviour of AstraZeneca pharmaceutical, which is still struggling to deliver the expected doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Europe, and are set to use all the tools at their disposal to secure further doses for Europeans.
Coronavirus 19-03-2021

EU health chief: COVID tests still needed as vaccination alone is not enough

Vaccination alone is not going to eradicate the coronavirus, said EU health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides on Thursday (18 March), stressing the importance of tests and contact tracking.