Coronavirus

11-05-2021

EU could quickly approve Pfizer jab for 12-15 year olds, says EMA chief

The head of the European Medicines Agency said Monday (10 May) that BioNTech/Pfizer's jab against Covid-19 could be approved in the EU for 12- to 15-year-olds soon, perhaps as early as this month.
10-05-2021

Decision on AstraZeneca jab will cost Europe thousands of lives, says expert

The EU decision to shut the door to British-Swedish pharma giant AstraZeneca’s jab and the general miscommunication over the safety of its product will cost thousands of lives in Europe, a Greek expert has said.
10-05-2021

Spaniards return to new normal as state of alarm expires

Spaniards have celebrated the dawn of a new normal as the country's pandemic-era state of alarm expired at midnight on Sunday with the government refusing to propose a new legal framework to allow regions to implement new restrictions in case of fresh coronavirus outbreaks. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
10-05-2021

EU has not ordered AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June, Breton says

The European Union has not made any new orders for AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June when their contract ends, European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Sunday (9 May), after the EU signed a deal with Pfizer-BioNTech.
10-05-2021

EU invites ‘concrete’ US plan on lifting vaccine patents

Europe on Saturday (8 May) passed the ball back to Washington in a debate over COVID vaccine patents, pushing the US for a concrete proposal and a commitment to export much-needed jabs.
07-05-2021

EU revives coordinated approach in purchasing COVID drugs

The European Commission has unveiled its strategy on COVID-19 therapies, described as another milestone in fighting the virus as it aims to speed up recovery, reduce hospitalisation and help those suffering from long COVID.
07-05-2021

US-Germany rift could scupper vaccine patent waiver

A bold US bid to waive patents on much-needed coronavirus vaccines was strongly opposed by Germany on Thursday (6 May), threatening to derail the proposal that requires the consensus of World Trade Organisation members to pass.
06-05-2021

US surprises Europe, backs waiving COVID-19 vaccines patents

The US administration has backed lifting patents of COVID-19 vaccines in order to speed up vaccination of those in need worldwide. Europe, until a couple of months ago, had been reluctant to this option and it is unclear if it will follow the US example.
05-05-2021

India posts record daily rise in coronavirus deaths

India’s coronavirus deaths rose by a record 3,780 during the last 24 hours, a day after it became the second country to cross the grim milestone of 20 million infections after the United states.
Health 05-05-2021

Italy, G20 look to return of tourism

Italy is ready to welcome back travellers, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Tuesday (4 May) after hosting a G20 meeting that put tourism at the heart of the global post-pandemic recovery.
Health 04-05-2021

Denmark bars J&J vaccine from Covid vaccination programme

Denmark said Monday (3 May) it will bar the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from its Covid inoculation drive over worries about blood clots, following a similar move against the AstraZeneca jab.
Health 04-05-2021

EU eyes letting fully vaccinated tourists into bloc

Europe is looking at easing travel restrictions on foreign tourists as early as next month, if they are fully vaccinated or come from a country with Covid under control, officials said Monday (3 May). The European Commission is recommending EU...
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.
30-04-2021

MEPs vote down call for COVID vaccine IP waiver

An amendment calling on the EU to back India and South Africa's proposal to temporary lift intellectual property rights for the COVID-19 vaccine was rejected by the European Parliament on Thursday (29 April).
30-04-2021

Malta, Hungary top EU vaccinations in terms of population share

Malta and Hungary have fully vaccinated more of their citizens in terms of their population than any other countries in the European Union, with Finland, Bulgaria and Latvia currently lagging behind the rest of the bloc. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 30-04-2021

Russia-Brazil spat erupts over Sputnik vaccine snub

Brazil's health regulator said Thursday (29 April) its decision to reject the Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine was based on the developer's own data, after the latter threatened to sue for defamation.
China 29-04-2021

Hungary eyes multiple vaccine passport deals, holds talks with China

Hungary will pursue bilateral agreements recognising COVID-19 vaccine certificates that would allow citizens to travel among participating countries, the prime minister's chief of staff said on Thursday (29 April).
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.
Health 29-04-2021

Reynders warns of risks of disjointed COVID vaccine records

European Union countries introducing their own COVID vaccination certificates would have to grapple with a myriad of disjointed systems if the bloc fails to build a shared one, a senior official said on Wednesday (28 April).
28-04-2021

Tsipras backs AstraZeneca, slams Europe’s ‘one-industry’ approach

Greece’s main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras has given his backing to the much maligned AstraZeneca vaccine, questioning why its COVID-19 vaccine was being rolled out without drama in the UK but not in the European Union and implying that political and business interests were at play.
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. 
27-04-2021

Spain’s COVID-19 cases ease but pressure on hospitals remains high

Spain has reported a decline in COVID-19 infections on Monday (26 April), although pressure on hospitals and Intensive Care Units (ICU) remains high despite a tangible increase in the vaccination pace, the Spanish Health Ministry has said. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Health 26-04-2021

EU sues AstraZeneca over breach of COVID-19 vaccine supply contract

The European Commission said on Monday (26 April) it had launched legal action against AstraZeneca for not respecting its contract for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines and for not having a "reliable" plan to ensure timely deliveries.
Global Europe 26-04-2021

Viable plan or security hazard? Europe embraces digital health pass

As Europe races to set up a digital health pass scheme to save the holiday season from the pandemic, technical and political obstacles are showing just how big a challenge the world faces in building such systems.