Health

Enlargement 02-04-2021

Great Serbian vaccinationism

The decision of the Serbian authorities to open the door to their neighbours for vaccination has nothing to do with reviving warm memories of the former Yugoslavia, writes Orhan Dragaš.
Coronavirus 31-03-2021

The Brief, powered by bp – Not that ‘smart’ after all

All it took was a few hours of warm weather and the Brussels parks were suddenly flooded with hundreds of young people on Tuesday as if there had never been any confinement. Similar pictures could be seen across Europe - a clear sign that people are reaching their confinement limits during this seemingly never-ending pandemic.
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26-03-2021

Now is the time to deliver concrete results and to embrace a European Health Union

As many countries have already entered a third-wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine calls for better cooperation between EU Member States and a functional European Health Union to ensure the best standard of care.
22-03-2021

Water is life, and at the heart of our agenda

Water is a critical global security matter and Slovenia intends to put it at the core of its EU presidency, which starts on 1 July, writes Dr Stanislav Raščan.
Coronavirus 08-03-2021

The Brief, powered by amfori – The road to nowhere

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused mass trauma on a scale larger than World War II, and the impact will last “for many years to come,” the World Health Organisation’s top official has said. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus believes that...
Global Europe 01-03-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Vaccine geopolitics

In any civilisation, one commodity is more precious than the others, and it naturally becomes the bedrock of power. Could be salt, could be gold, could be the US dollar. Now it’s the COVID-19 vaccines.
01-03-2021

How Brussels can help or hinder the fight against malaria

The EU's Biodiversity Strategy is a defining moment not only for conservation but for setting out the parameters within which people and planet can be protected, writes Fredros Okumu,
Development Policy 25-02-2021

Scaling up vaccination to save lives worldwide

It is time for Europe to show real vaccination solidarity to ensure that COVID vaccines are available to the Global South and COVAX in the volumes required and at cost price, write Udo Bullmann and Conny Reuter.
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17-02-2021

Western Balkans and Europe in times of COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 vaccine race is a historic example of what scientific research can achieve, but it has also highlighted the political challenges of tackling a global health crisis.
11-02-2021

EU and India could partner in delivering COVID vaccines at the global scale

While Western vaccine nationalism condemns the world to a lose-lose situation, India, the pharmacy of the developing world, has clearly the potential to come to the rescue, writes Gauri Khandekar.
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11-02-2021

Do European Nations Make the Grade on Health Care Value?

Germany is earning better marks than France, though not as high as the U.K.  The United States is average, landing squarely in the middle of the pack.  And Spain and Italy, well, they have quite a ways to go.
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Agrifood 08-02-2021

Reviving Spain’s rural areas through the Puebla project

A new Corteva Agriscience project to reverse depopulation in Spain’s rural areas is sowing the seeds for a brighter future, writes Igor Teslenko. Igor Teslenko is the President for Europe of Corteva Agriscience. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the importance...
Coronavirus 05-02-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook – The other pandemic

There is light at the end of the tunnel. Despite the row over the supply and delivery of vaccines that has engulfed the European Commission over the past fortnight, the bottom line is that the vaccines exist and they are being rolled out, albeit with different degrees of success, across Europe.
Coronavirus 05-02-2021

EU must stop fights and suspend COVID-19 vaccine patents

Instead of public fights and trade wars, it is high time the EU considered enforcing shared licenses on vaccine patents that were partly paid for by European citizens. To fix the fiasco, the EU needs a European vaccine – and the world will need it, too, writes Dr Antonios Nestoras.
Coronavirus 02-02-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Some already miss the UK

It’s not going to be easy to sweep the EU’s vaccines mess under the carpet. Several media across Europe are now calling out those responsible for the “fiasco” over the way the European Commission has handled vaccine deals with the...
Coronavirus 29-01-2021

The Brief – Lessons from the EU’s vaccine acrimony

What European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen described as ‘Europe’s moment’ in December, referring to COVID-19 vaccine deals, could very well go down as ‘Europe’s mess’ in January. EU officials know that a lot is at stake if they...
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25-01-2021

Commission’s proposed ban of Aloe supplements reveals concerning scientific and procedural shortcomings

A ban of Aloe in food supplements could set a dangerous precedent for the use of natural products for health in the EU. Producers need to be given the opportunity to prove the safety of their products, writes Livia Menichetti from EHPM together with MEP Piernicola Pedicini.
Coronavirus 21-01-2021

Mitsotakis: To get Europe moving again we must act now on vaccination certificates

The curtailment of our freedom and prosperity during this dreadful pandemic has been historically unprecedented and painful. COVID has brought grief and isolation and has impacted not just our health, but our livelihoods, our prospects, and our societal norms, writes Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
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18-01-2021

Aboca: an example of the Green New Deal applied to health

The Green Deal is a vital opportunity - the only route available - which should also be applied in the health and therapy sector. It is a vision that Aboca has been pursuing ever since it was founded.
Coronavirus 14-01-2021

The Brief – Travel in EU, the obstacle course

Travel has become a nightmare lately. In my journalistic capacity, I still do some travel in the EU during COVID-19, although sometimes I come to regret it. Because every country has its own rules. One requires that you bring a...
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14-01-2021

Breeding ground for pandemics – why mink farming is a danger to public health

A danger to public health – Europe’s fur farms have long been exposed as cruel, but with the recent pandemic a new factor came into play: They are the perfect breeding ground for the virus and a danger to human health.
Elections 13-01-2021

The Brief – Of German vaccines and dark horses

Germany's Christian Democrats are set to elect their new leader among the three candidates vying for top post this weekend. But the winner might not necessarily go on to become the party's designated candidate to run for the chancellorship in this year’s general election.
Coronavirus 21-12-2020

‘If European governments do not act now, expect further waves of infection’

More than 300 scientists mostly from EU countries published on Saturday (19 December) in the prestigious general medical journal The Lancet a proposal for a joint European strategy for the COVID-19 pandemic. EURACTIV re-publishes the full text.
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18-12-2020

Unlocking data and embracing digital technologies to transform citizens’ health and wellbeing

If the coronavirus pandemic and Europe-wide lockdowns taught us one thing, it is just how reliant we all are on digital technologies – including for our own health, and that data was in the right place at the right time...