Coronavirus

Vaccination certificate ‘is a medical requirement’, says Von der Leyen

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (14 January) welcomed the Greek government's initiative allowing for vaccinated people to travel freely, and called for a mutually recognised vaccination certificate across European Union countries.
15-01-2021

German virus cases top 2 million, Merkel urges tougher lockdown

Germany's total coronavirus cases topped two million on Friday (15 January), as Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a "significant" tightening of restrictions to slow the infection rate.
Economy & Jobs 15-01-2021

From Europe to Central Asia, converted containers are trendy

Pop-up stores and restaurants using converted shipping containers are a growing trend in Europe and across the world, apparently boosted by behavioural changes caused by the Covid pandemic. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
14-01-2021

The Brief – Travel in EU, the obstacle course

Travel has become a nightmare lately. In my journalistic capacity, I still do some travel in the EU during COVID-19, although sometimes I come to regret it. Because every country has its own rules. One requires that you bring a...
China 14-01-2021

Hungary reaches deal to buy China’s Sinopharm vaccine

Hungary's government said it has reached a deal with China's Sinopharm to buy its coronavirus vaccine, the country's latest move to break away from Brussels as it tries to speed up inoculations to lift curbs on the economy.
Health 14-01-2021

Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could be available in Europe in April

Johnson & Johnson could deliver the first doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to Europe in April, an EU official said after a top lawmaker said the US healthcare company was likely to seek EU regulatory approval in February.
14-01-2021

Romania rejects ‘divisive’ Greek proposal for vaccine certificate

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has rejected a proposal by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for an EU-wide COVID-19 vaccination certificate for travel, saying “it is not good to divide Europe in two”.
Elections 13-01-2021

The Brief – Of German vaccines and dark horses

Germany's Christian Democrats are set to elect their new leader among the three candidates vying for top post this weekend. But the winner might not necessarily go on to become the party's designated candidate to run for the chancellorship in this year’s general election.
13-01-2021

US Covid-19 deaths hit daily record as China rushes to contain outbreaks

The United States has endured its worst day of the pandemic, with three Americans dying every minute, as China took decisive steps on Wednesday (13 January) to stamp out a tiny coronavirus outbreak.
Health 13-01-2021

EU gets vaccine boost as WHO dampens herd immunity hopes

The European Union started the approval process for its third vaccine on Tuesday (12 January) as WHO scientists warned that herd immunity from coronavirus is unlikely this year even with mass inoculation schemes.
Digital 13-01-2021

Spain to launch Whatsapp channel to fight vaccine disinformation

Spain’s health ministry will soon launch a WhatsApp interactive channel to fight against disinformation on COVID-19 vaccines, El País reported. This should help reduce the percentage of Spaniards who still refuse to get vaccinated. EURACTIV's partner EuroEfe reports.
12-01-2021

MEPs get glimpse of first COVID contract amid calls for more transparency 

MEPs will, for the first time, be privy to the details of the first of the COVID vaccine contracts this week, although say that more must be done to achieve the level of transparency needed to improve trust and negate a rising ‘vaccine nationalism’.
Health 12-01-2021

Ukraine leader appeals for EU vaccine help

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday (12 January) called on the European Union to help source coronavirus vaccines, as he tries to stave off criticism for failing to secure any western-made jabs.
12-01-2021

Temporary morgues set up as UK hospitals run out of space

British authorities have had to set up a temporary morgues in some areas after local hospital mortuaries ran out of space due to a surge in deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
12-01-2021

Commission denies existence of COVID vaccine side deals

The European Commission denied on Tuesday (12 January) the existence of bilateral vaccine contracts between individual EU countries and manufacturers, saying this is not possible under the joint procurement agreement. This directly contradicts the Portuguese EU presidency, who confirmed such deals last week.
11-01-2021

Belgium’s coronavirus deaths hit 20,000, still among world’s highest per capita

Belgium's death toll from coronavirus infections, one of the highest per capita in the world, has breached the 20,000 mark, according to official data published on Sunday (10 January).
11-01-2021

French MEP: UK took gamble by swiftly approving COVID-19 vaccine

The UK has been quicker than the European Union in approving COVID-19 vaccines but it also took greater risks with pharma firms by accepting all liability in case of complications, French MEP Pascal Canfin told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Health 10-01-2021

Spain paralysed by snowstorm, sends out vaccine, food convoys

The Spanish government will send convoys carrying the COVID-19 vaccine and food supplies on Sunday (10 January) to areas cut off by Storm Filomena which brought the heaviest snowfall in decades across central Spain and killed four people.

Migrant crossings down 13% in 2020 due to Covid

The number of illegal border crossings into the European Union fell by 13% to around 124,000 last year, the EU's border agency said Friday (8 January).
Health 08-01-2021

Bulgaria holds its horses with Pfizer, Moderna vaccines, puts hopes in AstraZeneca

For mass vaccination, Bulgaria's strategy appears to rely on a new vaccine by AstraZeneca, rather than on those by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, already approved in the EU, EURACTIV Bulgaria reported on Friday (8 January), based on leaked documents and unofficial information.
Health 08-01-2021

Poorest countries can expect vaccines within weeks: WHO

The world's poorest countries can expect to start receiving their first Covid-19 vaccine doses between the end of January and mid-February, the World Health Organization said Thursday (7 January).
08-01-2021

France extends UK border restrictions as virus variant spreads

France is to keep in place restrictions on its border with Britain "until further notice", Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday (7 January), after the country confirmed two clusters of the mutant UK coronavirus variant.
Brexit 07-01-2021

France’s Brittany Ferries in dire straits due to double Brexit/COVID whammy

After Brexit and the global pandemic, a new variant of the coronavirus ravaging the UK has dealt a fresh blow to the emblematic French shipping company Brittany Ferries, which now hopes for help from the French government. EURACTIV France reports.
07-01-2021

First Moderna vaccines to be distributed next week across the EU

The first doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed next week, an EU source told EURACTIV.com, amid growing tensions among EU member states over the distribution of the 100 million additional doses of Pfizer’s vaccine booked by the European Commission.
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