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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.