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Coronavirus 26-07-2021

EMA approves second vaccine for children aged 12 to 17 in EU

EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) on Friday (23 July) has recommended granting an extension of indication for the COVID-19 vaccine Spikevax, previously COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna, to include use in children aged 12 to 17 years. 
Health 23-07-2021

EU action to turn the AMR tide looks at different incentive models

EU policymakers are being urged to consider the full range of new incentive systems and pilot innovative approaches to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including Netflix-style subscription services and pull incentives.
Health 23-07-2021

EU hopes Lyme disease vaccine may boost struggles to reverse curve

Lyme disease cases are growing in the EU. So far the only prevention measures are clothing and fast removal of the tick, but a new vaccine underway could change this.
Coronavirus 21-07-2021

One in two hospitalised COVID-19 patients develop a complication

A study published in the Lancet has found that out of more than 70,000 adults in the UK hospitalised with severe COVID-19 disease, half developed at least one health complication during their hospitalisation, while almost one in three participants died....
Coronavirus 21-07-2021

‘Hidden pandemic’: 1.5 mln children worldwide have lost a caregiver due to COVID

As many as 1.5 million children worldwide have lost a parent, grandparent, or primary caregiver from COVID-19 during the first 14 months of the pandemic, a Lancet global study has estimated. Researchers have called for urgent investments in services to support children who lost their caregivers as the number is likely to grow.
Coronavirus 16-07-2021

Protein subunit and inactivated vaccines line up to join vaccination campaigns

The EU seems to be comfortable with betting on mRNA COVID vaccines for now. But just around the corner, vaccines developed under other platforms are lining up, with recombinant proteins and the whole virion-inactivated vaccines leading the way.
Coronavirus 15-07-2021

Spanish firm finetunes ‘second generation’ COVID-19 vaccine for EU’s booster campaign

A Spanish company active in animal health stands ready to start clinical trials and get the EU's regulatory go-ahead for a 'deadline-proof' recombinant protein vaccine. EURACTIV spoke with the company's chief of the vaccine programme.
Health 14-07-2021

MEPs are calling for complete elimination of cancer-causing asbestos

The European Parliament has called for the creation of a strategy to completely eliminate cancer-causing asbestos in a bid to strengthen workers' protection and reduce exposure to this common chemical.
Alcohol 13-07-2021

Researchers call for political action to reduce alcohol consumption

A study by Lancet Oncology has found that 4% of all newly diagnosed cancers in 2020 may be associated with drinking alcohol, with the highest proportion, or some 6%, in Central and Eastern Europe.
Health 13-07-2021

Reform of EU medicines agency: Where do EU institutions stand?

The European Parliament adopted a proposal last week to broaden the mandate of the European Medicines Agency ahead of upcoming talks with member states on EMA's future role. EURACTIV takes a look at where the Parliament and the Council stand ahead of the negotiations.
Coronavirus 12-07-2021

EU matchmaking event to boost COVID-19 therapeutics development

Today and tomorrow (12-13 July)  the Commission is hosting a matchmaking event to mobilise the development and production of COVID-19 therapeutics, another tool in the fight against COVID-19.
Coronavirus 08-07-2021

MEPs bemoan ‘spaghetti’ of travel rules across EU

The EU is facing a patchwork across the bloc when it comes to travelling, despite having a fully running EU digital covid certificate. As the delta variant surges across the bloc, MEPs call for implementing harmonised measures instead of national restrictions.
Health 07-07-2021

Heavy use of antibiotics in COVID-19 treatment likely to increase AMR

COVID-19 pandemic has helped raise political awareness of health issues but the widespread misuse of antibiotics in COVID patient treatment is likely to result in increased antimicrobial resistance, health experts have warned.
Health 01-07-2021

MEP: Public-private partnerships needed to face silent threat of AMR

Investment in research and development, together with encouraging the innovative economic models is a way to fight this silent threat, Swedish centre-right MEP Jessica Polfjärd told EURACTIV in an interview.
Health 01-07-2021

Incentives alone are not enough to cope with rare disease, report says

A new report by a multidisciplinary group of experts bringing together researchers, academia and the pharma industry, has urged policymakers to look beyond the EU's Orphan Medicinal Products (OMP) regulation to better address the unmet needs of patients with rare diseases.
Digital & Media 28-06-2021

The EU Digital COVID Certificate explained

Digital EU COVID certificate is a free tool that opens the EU borders for its citizens that have been vaccinated against COVID-19, have recovered from it or have had a recent negative test result.
Health 25-06-2021

EU parliament demands progress in ensuring women’s sexual reproductive health

The European Parliament voted in favour of a resolution on sexual reproductive health and rights of women on Thursday (24 June), calling on member states to ensure access to abortion, contraception and sexuality education.
Health 24-06-2021

Commission: burden of levelling kidney treatment access falls mainly on member states

While inequalities across the EU when it comes to kidney disease treatments are well-known by the European Commission, the ball is ultimately in member states' courts when it comes to expanding access, according to health stakeholders.
Health 22-06-2021

EU lawmakers reach agreement on game changing new health innovation rules

The European Parliament and Council reached on Tuesday (22 June) a provisional agreement on the health technology assessment (HTA), in a move to help member states take more "timely and evidence-based decisions on patient access" to their healthcare systems.
Health 18-06-2021

Patient autonomy, education must be priorities for tackling kidney disease

With incidences of kidney disease predicted to soar in the next decade, health stakeholders are calling for more efforts to ensure patient autonomy and invest in training for both practitioners and patients.
Health 18-06-2021

Research on medical cannabis still has funding problems

Research on cannabis-based medicine is still lagging behind in Germany, despite the country has one of the most developed regulatory frameworks for medical marijuana in the European Union.
Health 10-06-2021

We need to prepare the world for the next health crisis now – MEP

The world needs to rethink intellectual property rights to get ready for the next pandemic and Europe has to do its part as a constructive partner at the negotiating table, Belgian socialist MEP Kathleen Van Brempt told EURACTIV in an interview.
Coronavirus 10-06-2021

MEPs vow to waive COVID vaccine patents amid Commission’s resistance

The European Parliament endorsed a resolution on Wednesday (9 June) calling for a temporary waiver of COVID-19 vaccine patents, while the Commission remained firm in its opposition to such measures and said it has different plans to speed up the global vaccine rollout.
Coronavirus 09-06-2021

Parliament approves COVID certificate, passes the baton to member states

On Tuesday (8 June) the EU Parliament voted in favour of the EU digital COVID certificate initiative, bringing the EU one step closer to finalising the initiative due to come into force on 1 July.