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Coronavirus 22-09-2021

Big Pharma preventing vaccine access to low-income countries, says Amnesty report

In low-income countries, the fully vaccinated account for less than 1% of the population compared to the 55% fully vaccinated in rich countries, according to a report published by Amnesty International on Wednesday (22 September), which accuses pharmaceutical companies of obstructing access to vaccines. EURACTIV France reports. 
Health 21-09-2021

Health Brief: DG SANTE’s to-do list

Welcome to EURACTIV’s very first Health Brief! In this first edition, we spoke to the European Commission's director-general for health and food safety, Sandra Gallina, to find out what is in store this autumn when it comes to health.
Coronavirus 20-09-2021

Thousands of COVID-19 vaccines in Catalonia to expire due to slow immunisation pace

Thousands of COVID-19 vaccines are about to expire in the Catalonia region (northeast of Spain) due to the slow inoculation pace and the low demand, local health authorities have warned, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Health 15-09-2021

France: mandatory vaccination for caregivers ‘risks destabilising health structures’, nursing union says

From (Wednesday (15 September) on, health institutions staff in France will have to present a vaccination certificate to be allowed to practise. But the move is perceived as a threat by the already understaffed medical and paramedical branch.
Future EU 15-09-2021

#SOTEU: The nitty-gritty of von der Leyen’s message for Europe

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered her state of the union address in the European Parliament on Wednesday (15 September), praising the EU's efforts in dealing with the pandemic and economic recovery. She stressed the importance of working on Europe's strategic economy, a stronger health union, defence, and the green and digital transition.
Agrifood 13-09-2021

COVID highlights need for EU to regulate wildlife trafficking

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the need to regulate the trade in live wild animals, who could carry viruses. In Europe, the lack of regulation on this subject represents a major health risk.
Coronavirus 06-09-2021

Spain aims to quickly fully vaccinate 90% of population

Spain’s  socialist Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has set the new goal of having 90% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, but has not set a deadline for when the target should be met. EURACTIV’s partner EFE has reported.
Agrifood 01-09-2021

UK government banks on domestic workforce as struggling food sector calls for new visas

The UK food sector has called for a new COVID-19 recovery visa to address workforce shortages, but the government has been non-committal, stressing instead it aims not to rely on labour from abroad.
Coronavirus 30-08-2021

Japan detects no health risks in withdrawn Moderna vaccine doses from Spain

Japan has not registered for the moment any health problems in patients inoculated with the Moderna vaccine related to the contamination detected in a batch of doses from Spain, according to sources from the county’s health ministry quoted on Friday (27 August) by EURACTIV’s partner EFE.
Coronavirus 06-08-2021

EU: too early to say if COVID booster needed as Germany, France press ahead

There's not enough data to recommend using COVID-19 vaccine boosters, the European Union's drugs regulator said on Friday, after major EU states said they would roll out a third dose for the most vulnerable from September.
Coronavirus 06-08-2021

Tourists caught short as Italy ushers in Covid ‘green pass’

"Do you have your green pass?" Visitors across Italy were being asked the question on Friday as new coronavirus rules for museums and indoor dining came into force -- with those answering 'no' left frustrated.
Coronavirus 04-08-2021

EU seals deal with Novavax for up to 200 million COVID-19 vaccines

The European Commission has approved a supply contract with U.S. firm Novavax for the purchase of up to 200 million COVID-19 vaccines, the European Commission said on Wednesday.
Coronavirus 03-08-2021

Half of EU vaccinated as Covid returns to China’s Wuhan

Half of the European Union's population has now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, an AFP tally showed Tuesday, as China's Wuhan said it would test all 11 million residents after the virus returned to where it first emerged.
Economy & Jobs 03-08-2021

Portugal, Luxembourg, Belgium get first tranches of EU recovery funds

Portugal, Luxembourg and Belgium on Tuesday received their first tranches of money from the 800 billion euro ($950.8 billion) EU recovery fund aimed at helping them rebound from the pandemic and make their economies greener and more digitalised.
Coronavirus 27-07-2021

EU hits 70% first COVID-19 jab target but doubts enough to beat Delta

The EU on Tuesday (27 July) said it had reached its target of giving 70% of adults at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, though with only 57% of adults fully jabbed, the WHO says Europe is still “far from out of the woods” when it comes to ending the pandemic. 
Non-discrimination 27-07-2021

French equality body sounds alarm over extension of COVID-19 pass

France's equality agency, Défenseur des droits, has published a 10-point opinion paper raising concerns about the controversial extension of COVID-19 pass, which is now pending approval by the Constitutional Council on 5 August following approval by the French parliament.

More than 230 migrants jump fence into Spain’s Melilla

Over 230 migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa arrived in Melilla in the early hours of Thursday after jumping the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish North African enclave. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Coronavirus 22-07-2021

Spain votes to end obligatory outdoor face mask rule

The end of the obligation to wear face masks outdoors in Spain when social distancing is practicable, as decreed on 26 June by the government, was approved by parliament on Wednesday, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Coronavirus 21-07-2021

Spain fully vaccinates half the population

Just over half of Spain’s population, or 24.4 million people, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the health ministry. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Coronavirus 19-07-2021

Catalonia reimposes night-time curfew amid COVID-19 fifth wave

The High Court of Justice of Catalonia greenlit on  Friday a nighttime curfew in 161 municipalities of the northeastern Spanish region as COVID-19 cases rose and hospitals face growing pressure, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported Sunday. 
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2021

Spain’s new COVID-19 restrictions halt return of tourism sector

Soaring COVID-19 infection rates and tough new restrictions to curb the increase have dealt a fresh blow to Spain’s pandemic-weary tourism and hospitality sectors, especially in sun-kissed resorts along the Mediterranean, the Balearics and the Canary Islands. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 15-07-2021

Spanish firm finetunes ‘second generation’ COVID-19 vaccine for EU’s booster campaign

A Spanish company active in animal health stands ready to start clinical trials and get the EU's regulatory go-ahead for a 'deadline-proof' recombinant protein vaccine. EURACTIV spoke with the company's chief of the vaccine programme.
Politics 15-07-2021

COVID-19 infection rate rises threefold among young Spaniards

The COVID-19 infection rate in Spain has soared to 436 cases for every 100,000 residents in the past two weeks, with young people particularly affected by a threefold increase compared to the previous fortnight, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Coronavirus 14-07-2021

French health agency: Women’s health more affected by pandemic than men’s

The coronavirus pandemic has affected women more than men in France in 2020, according to the national public health agency Santé Publique France, which said that women's socioeconomic status played a greater role than purely health factors. EURACTIV France reports.