Coronavirus

25-09-2020

EU warns virus epidemic worsening, as restrictions ramp up

The European Union raised the alarm on Thursday (24 September) over the coronavirus pandemic, saying it is worse now than at the March peak in several member countries, as governments in Europe and beyond reimpose drastic measures.
24-09-2020

Commission tones down hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine soon

The European Commission is not able to say when a COVID-19 vaccine will be available, EU health chief Stella Kyriakides admitted on Thursday (24 September), even though a senior EU official voiced hope earlier this month that the first vaccine could have market authorisation as early as November.
Global Europe 24-09-2020

German foreign, economy ministers in quarantine after coronavirus contacts

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier became the country's second cabinet member to enter quarantine, writing that he would stay at home after coming into contact with the aide of another European Union minister who had tested positive.
Aviation 23-09-2020

Airlines call for virus tests before all international flights

Global airlines called on Tuesday (22 September) for airport COVID-19 tests for all departing international passengers to replace the quarantines they blame for exacerbating the travel slump.
22-09-2020

MEPs call for transparency in race for COVID vaccine amid rising vaccine hesitancy

EU lawmakers from across the political spectrum stressed the need for transparency in the COVID-19 vaccine process in a hearing with pharmaceutical industry representatives, emphasising that this is necessary to combat a growing vaccine hesitancy in the EU.
Non-discrimination 22-09-2020

Gender equality: How post-COVID economic recovery programmes took a step back

With domestic violence and health issues having affected French women more than men during the COVID-19 health crisis, the economic consequences of the pandemic have also impacted the country's employment sector and have widened the gender inequality gap. EURACTIV France reports.
Aviation 22-09-2020

Lufthansa eyes more job cuts, as monthly losses top €500m

Lufthansa said Monday it will slash more jobs on top of 22,000 previously announced cuts and put more planes out of service with current losses running at some €500 million.
21-09-2020

Madrid imposes new COVID-19 restrictions to contain rapid spread

New measures to combat the fast spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Madrid enter into force today (21 September), limiting social gatherings to no more than six people and putting neighbourhoods back into partial lockdown for at least 14 days.
21-09-2020

European cities announce new restrictions as COVID-19 cases soar

European nations from Denmark and Iceland in the north to Greece in the south announced new restrictions to curb surging coronavirus infections in some of their largest cities, and Britain was considering a new national lockdown.
18-09-2020

Fearing supply shortfall, EU wants to buy more COVID vaccines

The European Union wants to raise more money to shore up its supplies of potential COVID-19 vaccines after estimating that the number of shots available next year around the world might fall short of demand, two EU sources said.
18-09-2020

Teach health literacy at schools to combat fake news, expert says

Social and traditional media, patient organisations and policymakers have all a role to play in providing clear messages when it comes to public health. But without proper investments in health literacy at school, fake news cannot be combatted, according to...
Economy & Jobs 18-09-2020

It is optimistic to expect recovery funds by mid-2021, says EU official

The approval process for the EU’s €750 billion recovery funds may take longer than foreseen, and it would be optimistic to expect the first disbursements by mid-2021, an EU official said on Thursday (17 September).
17-09-2020

Rich nations snap up vaccine stocks in global race for jab

Rich nations representing a fraction of the global population have already bought up over half the promised Covid-19 vaccine stocks, a study showed, as US President Donald Trump pledged to begin inoculating Americans within weeks.
Future EU 16-09-2020

Von der Leyen outlines path towards ‘new vitality’ in post-corona world

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pledged in her first ‘State of the Union’ address that Europe will lead the way towards a “new vitality” following the COVID-19 crisis, including a more “human” and greener economy.
Aviation 16-09-2020

European airlines demand end to quarantine ‘chaos’

European airlines on Tuesday (15 September) urged national capitals to coordinate measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, saying the current patchwork of restrictions is hobbling a return to regular travel around the EU.
15-09-2020

Poor investment in digitising health hit Europe back with COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded Europe that its piecemeal approach to investing in the digitisation of health systems comes at a cost, but not all countries and policymakers have yet learned the lesson, the chairman of the European Connected Health Alliance told EURACTIV.
15-09-2020

China’s coronavirus vaccine may be ready for public in November

Coronavirus vaccines being developed in China may be ready for use by the general public as early as November, an official with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
15-09-2020

Fifteen scientists launch critique of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine data

A group of scientists sent a formal letter to the Lancet on Monday outlining doubts about the accuracy of early data on Russia's COVID-19 vaccine, one of the authors said, adding further fuel to a dispute surrounding the "Sputnik-V" shot.
Health 15-09-2020

COVID-19 has set global health progress back decades: Gates Foundation

The knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic have halted and reversed global health progress, a report by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation warned on Tuesday (15 September).
14-09-2020

Seventy-one MEPs ask EU member states to finally break silos in COVID-19 crisis

Seventy-one lawmakers from the major political groups in the European Parliament have called on EU member states and the Commission to end fragmentation and improve coordination in order to better tackle the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aviation 14-09-2020

EU agrees to bust ‘ghost flights’ until 2021

The European Commission has agreed to extend a waiver of aircraft takeoff and landing slot rules for a further six months, in a boon to the struggling aviation industry.
14-09-2020

WHO reports record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases, up over 307,000

The World Health Organization reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday (13 September), with the total rising by 307,930 in 24 hours.
Transport 10-09-2020

Vaccine transport billed as ‘mission of the century’

Work on finding a viable COVID-19 vaccine continues around the world but another pressing issue is already starting to come to the forefront of the virus fight: how to transport billions of doses from factories to hospitals and clinics when the jab is ready.
09-09-2020

Health concern puts AstraZeneca vaccine hopes on hold 

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca announced on Tuesday (9 September) it has suspended global trials of its coronavirus vaccine, in a fresh setback for the global race to find a vaccine.
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