Greece's national blood donation centre EKEA, which is also the main testing hub for coronavirus, has warned hospitals across the country that it can no longer perform COVID-19 tests due to their “irrational” use that has created a shortage of reagents.
COVID-19 infections in Europe are getting close to the levels seen in March when the outbreak began its peak phase there, the head of the EU's public health agency said on Wednesday (2 September), warning governments not to reduce the 14-day quarantine for people infected.
Testing passengers at airports is needed to “rebuild confidence” in air travel, the head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Tuesday (1 September), as the industry continues to struggle to get back anywhere near to business as usual.
Sweden attracted worldwide attention earlier this year when it famously stayed open throughout the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, and now it is holding out again, this time refusing to recommend the use of masks.
The European Commission said on Monday (31 August) that it would contribute to an initiative led by the World Health Organisation to buy COVID-19 vaccines, while the WHO said Germany had joined the pact and that the agency was still negotiating with the bloc.
The European Commission has made a €336 million downpayment to British drug maker AstraZeneca to secure at least 300 million doses of its potential COVID-19 vaccine, a spokesman said on Thursday (27 August).
Poland will ban flights from 46 countries, including France and Spain, as of 2 September, according to a draft regulation published on Thursday (27 August), as the country grapples with a spike in coronavirus infections.
Phil Hogan quit as the EU's trade commissioner late on Wednesday (26 August) after days of pressure over allegations he breached COVID-19 guidelines during a trip to his native Ireland, saying it had become clear the controversy was a distraction from his work.
Kazakhstan has signed a deal to get supplies of Russia’s first potential COVID-19 vaccine once clinical trials are complete, the Central Asian nation’s government said on Wednesday (26 August).
The government did not say how many doses of the vaccine it …
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez ruled out declaring another national state of alarm over the coronavirus following his first cabinet meeting after the summer vacation. Regional governments have the power to impose local measures if necessary, he said. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Spanish health authorities confirmed that some 37,064 new COVID-19 cases had been recorded in the last week, a figure that has prompted hotspot regions to enforce new restrictions just two weeks before schools are scheduled to reopen, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Life in a COVID-19 world may be hard to recognise but there are some norms that even COVID-19 can’t change.
The adage that football is played by two teams and, at the end, the Germans win, was confirmed by Sunday’s European …
A Madrid judge's ruling scrapping the regional government's new coronavirus restrictions has thrown up questions about the legality of implementing such extraordinary measures, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
An Irish Cabinet minister apologised "unreservedly" on Thursday (20 August) for attending a social event with more than 80 people – reported to have included European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan – which may have breached COVID-19 regulations.
The European Commission and German biotech firm CureVac said on Thursday (20 August) they had concluded a first round of talks for the supply of at least 225 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine to EU states.
Early signs suggest the spread of COVID-19 is facilitated by air pollution, and if so, why not clean the air by using alternative fuels, such as ethanol?, writes Angela Tin and Zoltán Szabó.
Angela Tin is from the American Lung …
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