Vaccination

Elections 26-07-2021

Protesters opposed to COVID measures clash with police in Paris

French anti-riot police fired teargas on Saturday (24 July) as clashes erupted during protests in central Paris against COVID-19 restrictions and a vaccination campaign, television reported.
Global Europe 23-07-2021

Argentina complains to Russia over vaccine delivery

Argentina has complained to Russia about delays in delivering second doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in a letter warning of breach of contract repercussions, the government in Buenos Aires said Thursday (22 July).
Health 23-07-2021

Half of Europeans vaccinated as Germany warns on rising virus cases

More than half of all European adults are now fully vaccinated, the EU said on Thursday (22 July), as countries across Europe and Asia battled fresh outbreaks blamed on the fast-spreading Delta variant.
Global Europe 13-07-2021

EU efforts to assess Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine stymied by data gaps

The developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine have repeatedly failed to provide data that regulators deem to be standard requirements of the drug approval process, according to five people with knowledge of EU efforts to assess the drug.
Health 05-07-2021

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.

Italy breaks up fake EU COVID pass schemes

Italian police said on Saturday (3 July) they had broken up a number of online schemes offering to sell fake European Union digital COVID-19 status certificates or purported coronavirus vaccines.
Health 02-07-2021

J&J says its Covid vaccine effectively combats the Delta variant

Johnson and Johnson's single-shot Covid-19 vaccine is effective against the highly contagious Delta variant, with an immune response lasting at least eight months, the company said Thursday (1 June).
Global Europe 01-07-2021

Russia COVID-19 deaths hit new record as EU eyes tourism reboot

Russia's Covid-19 death toll reached a record on Wednesday (30 June) as the country battled the highly infectious Delta variant, even as Europe prepared to launch an EU-wide Covid certificate to boost its devastated tourism industry.
Health 01-07-2021

COVID-19 vaccine from Germany’s CureVac just 48% effective

Germany's CureVac said Wednesday (30 June) that final trial results showed its coronavirus vaccine had an efficacy rate of just 48%, far lower than those developed by mRNA rivals BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna.
Transport 01-07-2021

EU revives bloc-wide travel with COVID-19 pass but Delta poses threat

An EU-wide Covid certificate for easier travel comes into force on Thursday (1 July), just in time for Europe's busy summer vacation period, but the more-infectious Delta variant is already threatening to curtail its use.
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?
Development Policy 11-06-2021

G7 leaders at UK summit target plan for donating 1 billion jabs

G7 leaders on Friday (11 June) open a three-day summit aimed at helping to end the Covid-19 pandemic and forge a climate-centric economic recovery, after pledging to donate one billion vaccine doses for the world's poorest countries.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2021

Even after US shift, opponents resist COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver

A deal on an intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organization (WTO) was no closer to acceptance on Monday (31 May) despite Washington's backing.
Transport 31-05-2021

EU executive urges reopening in summer to vaccinated tourists

The European Commission proposed on Monday (31 May) that vaccinated people should be exempt from testing or quarantines when travelling from one EU country to another, and urged a gradual easing of travel measures as COVID-19 inoculations accelerate.
Health 27-05-2021

EU asks for big penalties against AstraZeneca over dose delays

The European Union on Wednesday (26 May) asked a Belgian court to impose penalties running to millions of euros per day on AstraZeneca for COVID-19 vaccine doses it has failed to deliver to the bloc.
Health 27-05-2021

EU drug regulator reviewing woman’s death in Belgium after getting J&J shot

The European Union's drug regulator said it is reviewing the death of a woman in Belgium who suffered a blood clot and low platelets after receiving Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, the first report of a fatality following the vaccine.
Health 24-05-2021

CureVac works to boost production capacity ahead of expected vaccine approval

Germany's CureVac expects European approval of its COVID-19 vaccine in June at the latest and is working to expand production capacity, the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper quoted a company spokeswoman as saying.
Coronavirus 21-05-2021

EU reaches deal on COVID-19 travel passes to save the summer

The European Parliament and the member states reached a provisional deal on Thursday (20 May) on COVID-19 certificates designed to facilitate travel and help revive tourism in Europe.
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.
Health 18-05-2021

G20 snubs COVID patent waiver, waters down pledge on WHO’s funding

Leaders of the world’s largest economies back “voluntary licensing” of COVID-19 vaccine patents, the draft conclusions of a summit show, watering down a US push for waivers and earlier commitments to supply more funds to the World Health Organization.
Health 18-05-2021

EU hits 200-million-jab milestone, with Malta first and Bulgaria last

At least 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been given in the European Union as of Tuesday (18 May), according to AFP data tallying up official figures given by member states' health services.
Health 18-05-2021

Left-behind Sanofi closes in on COVID vaccine

French pharmaceuticals giant Sanofi on Monday (17 May) reported positive results in trials of its belated Covid-19 jab, raising hopes that France can finally make up lost ground after falling behind in the race to develop a vaccine.
Development Policy 17-05-2021

WHO urges rich countries to donate shots instead of vaccinating children

The World Health Organization urged rich countries on Friday (14 May) to reconsider plans to vaccinate children and instead donate COVID-19 shots to the COVAX scheme that shares them with poorer nations. The WHO is hoping more countries will follow...
Global Europe 13-05-2021

San Marino to offer tourists Sputnik jabs for 50 euros

San Marino, an independent micro-state in northern Italy, announced Wednesday (12 May) it would offer the Russian Sputnik Covid-19 vaccine to tourists for €50.