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Development Policy 11-06-2021

G7 leaders at UK summit target plan for donating 1 billion jabs

G7 leaders on Friday (11 June) open a three-day summit aimed at helping to end the Covid-19 pandemic and forge a climate-centric economic recovery, after pledging to donate one billion vaccine doses for the world's poorest countries.
Politics 09-06-2021

The Brief – Strasbourg’s trip-for-jab package

While Europe is vaccinating its teens, without a second thought about giving away doses to vulnerable people in poorer countries, EU parliamentarians got an offer they could not refuse in return for their comeback to Strasbourg.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2021

Spain mulls lifting restrictions for hotels, restaurants, cafes

Spain's health ministry is in favour of gradually lifting restrictions for the hotel, restaurant and cafes sector known as HORECA and is mulling the reopening of nightlife activities for medium-risk regions for COVID-19. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2021

Cure for summertime blues: Europe gears up for tourists

European tourism has had its worst time in living memory as coronavirus lockdowns, curfews and hotel and restaurant closures have threatened the industry's livelihood and frustrated travellers eager for a change of scenery.
Health 07-06-2021

Euro 2020 set to capture continent’s attention but pandemic challenges remain

The Covid-19 pandemic was responsible for its postponement but, with the health situation on the continent gradually improving, the delayed Euro 2020 finally kicks off on Friday (11 June) in Rome.
07-06-2021

Spain to also accept travellers with cheaper rapid antigen tests

Spain will allow travellers to enter the country as of Monday if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, present a negative PCR test or show that they have taken the much cheaper rapid antigen test. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
04-06-2021

EU proposes alternative to IP waiver to expand global vaccine access

The EU has set out its plan to boost deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, which banks on open supply chains, encouraging production and compulsory licences rather than an IP waiver. 
04-06-2021

Waiving vaccine patents saves lives, health campaigners tell the EU

A series of protests have been staged in front of the European Commission and at a vaccine manufacturing plant in Belgium, calling for temporarily lifting of the intellectual property (IP) rights of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.
China 02-06-2021

WHO asks for re-checks of research on when coronavirus first surfaced in Italy

Samples from a study suggesting the coronavirus was circulating outside China by October 2019 have been re-tested at the World Health Organization's (WTO) request, two scientists who led the Italian research said.
01-06-2021

Seven EU countries roll out digital COVID certificate to ease travel

The EU digital COVID Certificate reached another “milestone” on Tuesday (6 May) with the go-live of the technical system at the EU level, followed by seven member states that started rolling out their certificates.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2021

Even after US shift, opponents resist COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver

A deal on an intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organization (WTO) was no closer to acceptance on Monday (31 May) despite Washington's backing.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2021

Spain urges EU to quickly approve all national recovery plans

Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Monday urged Brussels to quickly approve all the national recovery plans as this would unblock the funding needed for the economic recovery of countries particularly affected by the pandemic, including Spain.
Transport 31-05-2021

EU executive urges reopening in summer to vaccinated tourists

The European Commission proposed on Monday (31 May) that vaccinated people should be exempt from testing or quarantines when travelling from one EU country to another, and urged a gradual easing of travel measures as COVID-19 inoculations accelerate.

German ministers to discuss fraud at coronavirus test centers

German Health Minister Jens Spahn and his counterparts in the 16 federal states will on Monday morning (1 June) discuss control mechanisms for coronavirus test centers following fraud accusations, a ministry spokesman said on Sunday.
28-05-2021

Spain’s vaccination roll-out is sixth fastest in Europe

Five months after Spain started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the country ranked sixth in terms of most doses administered, equivalent to 18 % of its population, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Health 27-05-2021

EU asks for big penalties against AstraZeneca over dose delays

The European Union on Wednesday (26 May) asked a Belgian court to impose penalties running to millions of euros per day on AstraZeneca for COVID-19 vaccine doses it has failed to deliver to the bloc.
Health 27-05-2021

EU drug regulator reviewing woman’s death in Belgium after getting J&J shot

The European Union's drug regulator said it is reviewing the death of a woman in Belgium who suffered a blood clot and low platelets after receiving Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, the first report of a fatality following the vaccine.
Digital & Media 26-05-2021

France to buff up COVID-app to ensure gradual reopening ‘as secure as possible’

French citizens will be able to use the "TousAntiCovid" app from 9 June, the day sports halls and the interior of bars and restaurants are to reopen, to report their presence in establishments open to the public - and to be contacted if they have come across a person infected with COVID-19.
26-05-2021

Von der Leyen: Great progress in fight against COVID-19 must be consolidated

Europe has made great progress in vaccination since the start of May and this is paving the way for societies to reopen safely, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday (25 May), but warned that progress must be consolidated so that we "stay one step ahead of the virus".
25-05-2021

Member states approve EU COVID travel certificate

EU leaders approved on Tuesday (25 May) Europe’s COVID-19 Certificate, aimed at facilitating travel across the bloc, following months of discussions with the European Parliament and the Commission.
24-05-2021

British woman dies in Cyprus after AstraZeneca jab

A 39-year-old British woman died in a Cypriot hospital after a blood clotting incident after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the official Cyprus News Agency said on Monday.
Health 24-05-2021

CureVac works to boost production capacity ahead of expected vaccine approval

Germany's CureVac expects European approval of its COVID-19 vaccine in June at the latest and is working to expand production capacity, the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper quoted a company spokeswoman as saying.
21-05-2021

Many issues left to countries’ will on EU COVID certificate

European lawmakers have reached an agreement on the EU digital COVID-19 certificate aimed at avoiding conflicting border rules across the bloc during the holiday season, but some issues related to its implementation will depend on national decision-makers.
21-05-2021

Von der Leyen: we must ensure that this is the last pandemic

European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has urged world leaders to work together to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid future health crises ahead of the publication of a declaration demanding more coordinated action on health policy.