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Barroso calls for more European support for global vaccination

President of the Global Alliance for Vaccines (Gavi), José Manuel Barroso, on Thursday called on the European Union to accelerate access to vaccines in developing countries by increasing multilateral contributions and donating excess doses through the Covax platform. “We have...
Coronavirus 17-03-2021

Commission defends itself amid accusations of unfair vaccine distributions

The European Commission has addressed the accusations of unfair distributions of COVID vaccines levied against it by member states this week, pointing out that some countries opted not to take up all the vaccines made available to them.
Coronavirus 12-03-2021

Denmark, Norway and Iceland suspend AstraZeneca COVID shots after blood clot reports

Health authorities in Denmark, Norway and Iceland on Thursday (11 March) suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine following reports of the formation of blood clots in some people who had been vaccinated. Austria earlier stopped using a batch of...
Coronavirus 12-03-2021

New needs-based COVID vaccine distribution scheme needed, say Baltics

Three Baltic states have written to the European Commission asking for a new system of COVID-19 vaccine distributions based on need, which they say will improve the efficiency of the EU's vaccination programme. 
Coronavirus 11-03-2021

Catalonia demands Spain approve AstraZeneca jab for over-55s

Catalonia's regional government has issued an ultimatum to the central Spanish government in Madrid demanding it approve the AstraZeneca vaccine for people over the age of 55, warning that “either they act or we will act,” EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 04-03-2021

Italy denies authorisation to ship AstraZeneca shots to Australia

After having informed the European Commission and received its go-ahead, Italy has blocked a shipment of 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine directed to Australia.
Coronavirus 12-02-2021

Russia’s vaccine and the political side-effects for Europe

As EU-Russia relations hit a new low over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, Moscow’s Sputnik V vaccine is seen as a window of opportunity for Europe to make up for the delayed vaccine deliveries. But the Russian jab may also creates additional headaches across EU capitals.
Coronavirus 08-02-2021

Patents are not an obstacle to ramp up COVID-19 vaccines production, EU says

The European Commission aims to ramp up production of COVID-19 vaccines through “voluntary” sharing of know-how among pharma companies, EU sources said, emphasising that patents are not an obstacle to do that.
Coronavirus 05-02-2021

Pharma groups ‘losing time’ with EU export control mechanism

Pharmaceutical companies have started experiencing delays in deliveries of vaccines and their components due to the EU’s export control mechanism, EU industry boss Nathalie Moll has said.
Coronavirus 02-02-2021

Initial trial finds Russia vaccine 91.6% efficient, EU does not rule out a deal

A preliminary trial of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine suggests that a two-dose regimen of the vaccine offers 91.6% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19, according to findings published on Tuesday (2 February). At the same time, the European Commission confirmed it does not rule out a deal for the vaccine.
Coronavirus 01-02-2021

Germany threatens legal action over vaccine delays to EU

Germany's government on Sunday (31 January) threatened legal action against laboratories failing to deliver coronavirus vaccines to the European Union on schedule, amid tension over delays to deliveries from AstraZeneca.
Coronavirus 01-02-2021

AstraZeneca to increase EU vaccine deliveries by 30%: Von der Leyen

AstraZeneca will increase its coronavirus vaccine deliveries to the EU by 30%, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday (31 January) as the bloc sought to claw back time lost rolling out the jabs.

Vaccination certificate ‘is a medical requirement’, says Von der Leyen

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (14 January) welcomed the Greek government's initiative allowing for vaccinated people to travel freely, and called for a mutually recognised vaccination certificate across European Union countries.
Coronavirus 12-01-2021

Commission denies existence of COVID vaccine side deals

The European Commission denied on Tuesday (12 January) the existence of bilateral vaccine contracts between individual EU countries and manufacturers, saying this is not possible under the joint procurement agreement. This directly contradicts the Portuguese EU presidency, who confirmed such deals last week.
Coronavirus 11-01-2021

French MEP: UK took gamble by swiftly approving COVID-19 vaccine

The UK has been quicker than the European Union in approving COVID-19 vaccines but it also took greater risks with pharma firms by accepting all liability in case of complications, French MEP Pascal Canfin told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Europe's East 06-01-2021

Thirteen countries call on EU to support Eastern Partnership vaccine efforts

Thirteen member states issued a call to the European Commission to support the Eastern Partnership countries in their efforts to obtain affordable and fair access to the COVID-19 vaccines, according to a joint letter seen by EURACTIV.
Health 28-12-2020

Commission: Pfizer to complete supply of 200 million COVID shots by September

The distribution of an initial 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech will be completed for the European Union by September, a spokesman for the European Commission said on Monday (28 December). “Distribution of the...
Politics 11-12-2020

Tweets of the Week: Brexit Dinner, Vaccine Winner and Single Seat

Boris and Ursula have ill-fated dinner, UK bizarrely claims it’s the world vaccine winner, and in the single seat row things have rarely been grimmer.
Coronavirus 16-11-2020

Conditional authorisation ‘most likely’ for COVID-19 vaccine, EMA says

The most likely scenario for COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the EU is a one-year conditional marketing authorisation (CMA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) sources have told EURACTIV.
Coronavirus 13-11-2020

World leaders and NGOs press for vaccine cash at Paris Forum

European and world leaders on Thursday (12 November) said insisted that when COVID-19 vaccines are launched they should be made a available to everyone, under an international project which still needs $28 billion of funding.
Coronavirus 06-11-2020

Rising vaccine hesistancy jeopardises potential of COVID vaccine

The number of people willing to get a COVID-19 vaccine has dropped to 73%, and this decrease is enough to compromise the effectiveness of a potential vaccine, a new Ipsos global survey warned.
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Health 26-10-2020

Progress but the fight against COVID-19 is just beginning

Over the last few weeks, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced they have begun a “rolling review” process on COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca in collaboration with Oxford University, Moderna and from Pfizer in partnership with BioNTech. The announcements are indicative...
Health 26-10-2020

Transparency in the race for a COVID vaccine

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As the coronavirus crisis continues to have a devasting impact on people’s lives and livelihoods, all eyes are on scientists to deliver on a COVID-19 vaccine. It is widely accepted that a safe and effective vaccine represents our best chance...