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Coronavirus 12-04-2021

Spanish PM under pressure to lay out next steps in tackling pandemic

Spainish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will this week detail further plans to manage the COVID-19 pandemic amid fierce criticism from the conservative opposition about the slow vaccination roll-out and controversy surrounding the AstraZeneca vaccine, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 09-04-2021

France to allow mixing of COVID-19 vaccines despite lack of EMA guidance

People below 55 who received their first AstraZeneca dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will receive a different vaccine for their second, the French national health authority said Friday (9 April), despite the fact that there is no EMA guidance on the issue.
Coronavirus 08-04-2021

EU ‘better off’ with Sputnik V, says MEP as Germany moves to secure Russian shots

Germany's health minister Jens Spahn has said he is prepared to push ahead without the rest of the bloc to purchase doses of the Russian Sputnik V virus vaccine after approval from European regulators and would be entitled to do so, according to the Commission.
Coronavirus 07-04-2021

No data currently available on mixing COVID vaccines, says EMA

There are currently no guidelines on the "mixing and matching" of COVID-19 vaccines, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) clarified on Wednesday (7 April), as several European countries are now considering mixed vaccination strategies.
Coronavirus 02-04-2021

No Easter break for vaccinations in Spain as case numbers rise

Vaccinations against COVID-19 will continue in Spain over the Easter period as coronavirus case numbers climb again to pass the nationwide threshold of 150 cases per 100,000 people, placing the country in the highest risk level. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 31-03-2021

Spain tightens COVID-19 restrictions, mask wearing rules

Spain will as of Wednesday (31 March) implement a series of new and tougher measures to prevent COVID-19 infections under the so-called New Normality Law, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 31-03-2021

New international treaty will help prepare for future pandemics, EU’s Michel says

The international pandemic treaty currently in the making should serve as a framework for future preparedness against global health threats, said European Council president Charles Michel, who originally came up with the idea.
Non-discrimination 26-03-2021

Expert: Pandemic has exposed anti-Asian hate in France

The COVID-19 health crisis has exposed the racism people of Asian descent face today. EURACTIV France spoke to post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), Ya-han Chuang to discuss how such "awareness" has been formed in France.
Coronavirus 26-03-2021

EU leaders cautiously back vaccine export controls, claim to be world’s main exporter

EU leaders have unanimously endorsed the European Commission's mechanism to authorise the export of vaccine doses outside Europe before shipment, taking credit for being the main world vaccine exporters so far.
Politics 26-03-2021

Tweets of the Week: Vaccine diplomacy, massive boat stuck, lockdown

Vaccine diplomacy is going très mal, massive boat gets stuck in the Suez canal, and lockdown is a blow to everyone’s morale.
Agrifood 25-03-2021

Pandemic whets French appetite for organic, locally produced food

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the eating habits of the French, according to Agence Bio's 18th barometer on consumption and perception of organic products. In 2020, more people tended towards eating more local, in season, and organic. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 25-03-2021

Belgium enters new four-week Easter lockdown

Belgium has announced it will close schools, limit access to non-food stores and hairdressers for four weeks from Saturday, in a strict renewed lockdown designed to contain a rising third wave of COVID-19 infections.
Climate change 24-03-2021

Why Europe’s role must be to lead the world out of coal for good

As European energy and environment ministers join their peers at the International Energy Agency’s COP26 Net-Zero summit, they must set the pace for the global phase-out of coal, writes Maria Mendiluce.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2021

EU recovery plan has helped boost consumer, industry confidence

The coronavirus pandemic has instigated fears of economic uncertainty among various economic actors, including among consumers, distributors, and industry. However, the latest Eurostat figures show that confidence among economic actors is more or less holding up despite the health crisis.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2021

Thirty Spanish companies ask government for COVID-19 bailout

Approximately thirty Spanish companies hit economically by the COVID-19 crisis have asked for bailouts between €3 and €3.3 billion from the government in order to survive and remain competitive, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 19-03-2021

EU health chief: COVID tests still needed as vaccination alone is not enough

Vaccination alone is not going to eradicate the coronavirus, said EU health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides on Thursday (18 March), stressing the importance of tests and contact tracking.
Coronavirus 18-03-2021

Six things to know about EU certificates meant to save the summer

Although the newly proposed vaccine certificate should not be considered a second passport, the European Commission's tool conceived to ease free movements restrictions - and save the summer season - still raises concerns ranging from discriminatory aspects to its medical validity.
Coronavirus 17-03-2021

EU prepared to tighten COVID vaccine exports in veiled threat to UK

The EU said on Wednesday (17 March) it is prepared to tighten COVID vaccine exports to vaccine-producing countries or those with higher vaccination rates if they do not comply with its plea for "openness and reciprocity", in a move seen as a veiled threat to the UK, one of the key vaccine manufacturing countries.
Health 17-03-2021

COVID-19 pandemic casts new light on plasma therapies

The use of COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) as a therapeutic option, despite its ups and downs, has shown the European Union's renewed interest in plasma-derived medicinal products (PDMPs).
Digital 16-03-2021

France gets green light to use Amazon-hosted Doctolib for jab bookings

The interim relief judge of the French Council of State ruled last Friday (12 March) that the health ministry's decision to integrate medical portal Doctolib, which uses Amazon’s hosting services, into its online booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations did not infringe privacy and personal data protection rights. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 15-03-2021

Germany halts AstraZeneca jabs over reported clot risks: ministry

Germany on Monday halted the use of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine after reported blood clotting incidents in Europe, saying that a closer look was necessary.
Coronavirus 15-03-2021

‘Mistakes were made’ when vaccines were ordered, EU’s Timmermans admits

The European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans has admitted that mistakes were made in Brussels when COVID-19 vaccines were being ordered and suggested taking stock "at the end of the pandemic" of what went wrong and what was done right. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Coronavirus 12-03-2021

Austria’s Chancellor Kurz accuses EU of foul play in vaccine distribution

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz accused the EU on Friday (12 March) of unfairly distributing COVID-19 vaccines among member states, highlighting that certain EU countries have several times more vaccines than others.
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.