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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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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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...
Coronavirus 16-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – Christmas conundrum

If you’re really pressed for time, here is the gist of this Brief: In case you’re thinking of driving home for holidays, think twice and, if you decide to go, brace for impact because, right now, confusion reigns supreme. The...
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Pharmaceutical Strategy must do more to support nanomedicines

The EU’s Pharmaceutical Strategy must do more to support nanomedicines and protect patient safety. Here’s why. Mike Isles is the Executive Director of the European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines (EAASM). If Europe is to make its world-leading pharmaceutical...
Coronavirus 14-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – Where have the populists gone?

Where have Europe’s far-right populists disappeared to? Where are Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, Matteo Salvini and the others? There has not been a peep from them for a long time – almost since COVID-19 came about.

Without prioritising walking and cycling, EU mobility strategy is a lost opportunity

An EU strategy boosting walking and cycling would have been key to clean up the air in our cities, achieve the EU’s climate goals and prevent disease, argues Anne Stauffer.
Digital 07-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Journalism from the couch

Nine months have elapsed since journalists have had no other choice but to exercise their profession from the couch. Press briefings are held online, leaders speak in front of a microphone with no one behind it. Even institutional leaks are...
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Invest in photonics now to fight infectious diseases and future pandemics

Dr Jürgen Popp of the Leibniz Center for Photonics in Infection Research (LPI) argues that strong investment in photonics will help us fight infectious diseases that kill an unimaginable number of people. The critical period of testing and initial response determines our ability to control or respond adequately to a pandemic.
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Reducing heart failure hospitalisations starts by learning from COVID-19

Heart failure poses a significant challenge in Europe, affecting nearly 15 million people in the region. As we move into 2021, it’s important that we take learnings from the COVID-19 crisis on board, including the relatively simple measures we can take to avoid hospitalisations and death.
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Cancer societies assess threats to patient access to medicines and to the pharmaceutical system’s financial sustainability

The Commission published the new Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, but more needs to be done to reverse the trend of ever-increasing prices of cancer medicines.
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Keeping up the pace in the race against cancer

We’re all in the race of our lives to beat COVID-19. Scientists are setting an astonishing pace in a team effort with healthcare professionals, policymakers and entire populations. But at the same time it’s imperative we maintain the momentum we’ve...
Digital 24-11-2020

COVID disinformation in Bulgaria: When mainstream media are no better than Facebook

While in most other countries experts blame disinformation on social media like Facebook or foreign powers such as Russia or China, in Bulgaria, the country’s own mainstream media and politicians have contributed the most to spreading confusion and ignorance, write Julia Rone and Georgi Hristov.
Coronavirus 23-11-2020

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Vaccines, the next battle

It is no coincidence that COVID-19 vaccines dominated the agenda of the last EU summit and of the more recent G20 summit, both held as teleconferences.
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Lung Cancer’s Deadly Stigma

While we observe Lung Cancer Awareness month throughout November, we are seeing how vigilant awareness can lead to stigma surrounding the disease. What can we do to ensure no cancer patient is left behind?
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AI could support medical decision-making in an unprecedented way, says health expert

Dr Bertalan Mesko, PhD is The Medical Futurist and the Director of The Medical Futurist Institute analysing how science fiction technologies can become reality in medicine and healthcare.  Along with John D. Halamka, President of the Mayo Clinic Platform, he...
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Time to focus on EU’s third largest Member State: that of people with diabetes

With everyone’s minds focused on the health, economic and social catastrophe of COVID-19, World Diabetes Day, celebrated last week on 14 November, has not caught the attention of policymakers or the general public. But we neglect ‘Europe’s silent health pandemic’...
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Only transformation can deliver sustainable healthcare in Europe

This pandemic has called urgent attention to our healthcare systems and how we must fundamentally change the way we provide health and care as a priority, writes Jan-Philipp Beck, CEO at EIT Health. Jan-Philipp Beck is the CEO at EIT...

A one-health approach to prevent COVID-21, COVID-22 and other future pandemics

While still in the grips of a global pandemic, it has become painfully apparent that addressing the complex interactions of human, animal, and environmental health needs multilateral and national adoption of a fully integrated One Health approach, write Cristián Samper and Niels Annen.
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Better Protection of People and our Planet While Building a World Without Animal Testing – Together

Over the past 15 years, the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing has helped facilitate coordination and cooperation via the 3R principles to successfully Replace animal testing with innovative methods, Reduce the number of animals in established methods,...
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Wastewater coronavirus testing shows promise as a means to detect outbreaks

In the quest to control the pandemic, our best defense might be flowing underground. According to Science magazine, researchers in Paris spent several weeks this year sampling sewage for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In Germany, CNN reports that microbiologists are checking wastewater...

The Brief, powered by ENTSO – Innovation wave

It looks increasingly like Europe is heading for lockdown 2.0 as coronavirus numbers climb and leaders scramble to react rather than act. By failing to think bigger and more creatively, we are setting ourselves up for a fall again.