Healthcare must drastically reduce emissions to help prevent new health crises

Climate change is the biggest health threat of the 21st century and healthcare systems need to dramatically reduce their emissions in order to help prevent this from worsening, writes Jacqueline Cramer.
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Superbug pandemic threatens to undo medical progress

It’s never easy to focus on more than one crisis at a time. But, as vaccines begin to point the way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another global health threat lurking in the background which needs our attention:...
Global Europe 19-07-2021

The Brief – Watch your Olympic (flag) politics

Since their start in 1896, modern-day Olympic Games have rarely been free of politics. The upcoming Tokyo Games, opening on Friday, seem unlikely to break away from that pattern.

The Brief, powered by Greens/EFA – Notti Magiche

After the grand finale, came the mourning after; if you are an England fan, that is.

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – Dreams of summer

After four weeks of a European Championship that started with the horror and near tragedy of Danish star Christian Eriksen’s collapse on the pitch, football’s coming home. Or to Rome.
Coronavirus 06-07-2021

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – Choosing freedom with courtesy

The idea of wearing face masks on public transport used to be anathema. The small number of people who did wear masks on the metro, at least in the UK, got odd looks, as though they were being insulting by refusing to share the same air as us.

We need global standards, not double standards, for COVID-19 vaccines 

The EU's decision to only allow people to travel to the region if they are fully vaccinated with a European Medicines Agency (EMA) recognized COVID-19 vaccine is discriminatory and puts vaccine uptake at risk, writes Thabani Maphosa.
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Vaccinating the World

The need to stop the spread of COVID-19, to save lives and to reduce hospitalisations, remains as vital and urgent as ever. To vaccinate the entire world as quickly as possible, international organisations, governments, health leaders, industry, and civil society must do more, writes Iskra Reić.

The Brief, powered by Martens Centre – Football in the time of COVID

The idea to have a continent-wide Euro 2020 was a romantic idea when it was first proposed in the salubrious days of 2012. But to plough ahead with it in 2021 – as national authorities are scrambling to prevent COVID variants from spreading – smacks of pig-headedness.
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Transforming healthcare: do cell and gene therapies hold the key?

Cell and gene therapies (CGTs), also classified as Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs), have been hailed as revolutionary, but the path towards realising their potential has also seen pitfalls and disappointments along the way since the first attempts some decades ago.
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Catalysing collaborative efforts for healthy people on a healthy planet

Human health and environmental health are inextricably linked. Healthy people need a healthy planet.
Coronavirus 18-06-2021

The Brief, powered by ITI – Defeat in vaccine victory

In the innocent pre-pandemic world, who would have imagined that the EU would one day sue a pharmaceutical giant for not delivering on a contract for 300 million vaccine doses?
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Why the unmet needs of Sickle Cell Disease communities must be recognised

Under the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals, European countries have committed to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by one third, and to promote mental health and well-being, by 2030. Moreover, under the European Commission’s EU Pharma Strategy, addressing unmet need in rare disease is a priority.
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Tobacco is a threat to a just and sustainable development

The EU is preparing a due diligence law by June 2021 to hold companies accountable for their impact on people and the planet. There is an urgent need to address the human rights violations, child labour, environmental impact, and disinformation of the tobacco industry, write Helen Stjerna, Farida Akhter, and Sonja von Eichborn.

Time to put healthcare at the heart of the digital age

European healthcare stands at a crossroads. It is time to fully embrace AI and digital technology, argues Jan-Philipp Beck.
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G7 & EU Must Put Lives before Profits and ‘Vaccinate Our World’ Now!

After more than a year blanketed by the pandemic—communities, economies, and health systems in the European Union and beyond continue to be devastated. It is all too clear that the world is in desperate need of an immediate and novel...
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.

Antimicrobial resistance – a silent pandemic requiring global action now

If policymakers fail to address the challenge of antimicrobial resistance they risk seeing the rise of a silent pandemic, write Stella Kyriakides and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Coronavirus 21-05-2021

If we forcibly remove patents on vaccines, we are killing a golden industry

Instead of being sidetracked by the debate on waiving patents on COVID vaccines, the EU must come up with a new pharma strategy and strengthen its pharmaceutical industry, writes Pernille Weiss.
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Time for civil society to take action to influence EU regulations on medicines for children and rare diseases

The revision of the EU legislation on medicines for rare diseases and for children is one of the key actions of the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe.
Coronavirus 30-04-2021

The Brief, powered by NGVA Europe – The Modi blues

As the past year has shown, finding the most balanced policy response to COVID-19 is often a case of trial and error. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi proclaimed in January that his government’s response, heavy on vaccine diplomacy, made it one of the victors of the pandemic.
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EU must urgently develop Green Pillar of the European Health Union

Open letter of an NGO coalition calling on Commission President von der Leyen to urgently tackle air pollution by developing the Green Pillar of the European Health Union for a Healthy Recovery from the Pandemic, focusing on road transport policy.
Coronavirus 28-04-2021

The Brief, powered by NGVA Europe – Operation Saving Summer II

It’s roughly two to three months until millions of Europeans face the decision of where to spend their summer break from this second COVID-19 year. Yet this year’s summer holidays promise to become a minefield of (political) decisions. It’s been...
Coronavirus 27-04-2021

The Brief powered by NGVA Europe – Whatever it takes

Wealthy countries and pharmaceutical giants have a “moral obligation” to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are available to all. So says a group of more than 150 religious leaders, including the Dalai Lama, who are demanding commitments from the EU and...