The European Union's drug regulator on Tuesday (11 January) expressed doubts about the need for a fourth booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine and said there is currently no data to support this approach as it seeks more data on the fast-spreading Omicron variant.
Europe scrambled Thursday (25 November) to regain control over a resurgent coronavirus as governments urged adult boosters and jabs for young children in a sign of growing unease over a pandemic that has killed 1.5 million people on the continent.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued an urgent warning on pandemic management on Thursday (25 November) to the new government coming in to succeed her, imploring it to take quick, decisive measures as the country's total death toll passed 100,000.
European Union residents will need to have COVID-19 vaccine booster jabs if they want to travel to another country in the bloc next summer free of tests or quarantines, the European Commission proposed on Thursday (25 November).
Coronavirus infections broke records in parts of Europe, with the continent once again the epicentre of a pandemic that has prompted new curbs on movement and seen health experts push to widen the use of booster vaccination shots.
The EU's disease centre, the ECDC, recommended on Wednesdays (24 November) applying sanitary measures immediately and pursuing efforts in vaccinating EU citizens to avoid a “very high COVID-19 burden“.