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Coronavirus 10-05-2021

EU has not ordered AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June, Breton says

The European Union has not made any new orders for AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June when their contract ends, European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Sunday (9 May), after the EU signed a deal with Pfizer-BioNTech.
Coronavirus 10-05-2021

EU invites ‘concrete’ US plan on lifting vaccine patents

Europe on Saturday (8 May) passed the ball back to Washington in a debate over COVID vaccine patents, pushing the US for a concrete proposal and a commitment to export much-needed jabs.
Politics 07-05-2021

Tweets of the Week: CoFoE confusion, Moved Border, Vaccine Sharing

The Future of Europe conference looks a mess at first glance, Belgian farmer moves the border with France, and Biden changes US vaccine stance. Sunday is Europe Day and if you thought not visiting obscure EU institutions on #EuropeDay was...
Politics 16-04-2021

Tweets of the Week: Open Bars, Vaccine News, Halloumi

Those Brussels bar terraces better be roomy, the EU vaccine news is a smidgen less gloomy and delivering world peace, all hail Halloumi!
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 06-04-2021

EU says on track for late summer ‘community immunity’

The European Commission believes Europe is on track to achieve "community immunity" to COVID-19 by late summer thanks to speeded-up vaccination dose deliveries, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Coronavirus 30-03-2021

J&J to deliver COVID vaccine to Europe from April 19

Johnson & Johnson said Monday (29 March) it would start delivering its single-shot COVID vaccine to Europe on April 19, giving the continent a boost as it struggles to speed up its vaccination drive.
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.
Coronavirus 24-03-2021

EU on the outs with AstraZeneca as vaccine deliveries struggle to take off

EU officials remain frustrated by the behaviour of AstraZeneca pharmaceutical, which is still struggling to deliver the expected doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Europe, and are set to use all the tools at their disposal to secure further doses for Europeans.
Coronavirus 18-03-2021

EU health agency to rule on troubled AstraZeneca jab

Europe's medical regulator is set to give its verdict on the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Thursday, following a chaotic few weeks that has seen nations suspend its use over blood clot fears.
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 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.
Coronavirus 16-03-2021

EMA ‘convinced’ Astrazeneca vaccine benefits outweigh risks

There is currently no indication of a direct link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare cases of blood clotting, the European Medicine Agency (EMA) has said, although the agency is set to offer its conclusion on the matter on Thursday (18 March). 
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 10-03-2021

EU-UK relations sour amid accusations of vaccine nationalism

Relations between the EU and the UK have soured over the past few days amid accusations of vaccine nationalism as EU lawmakers lambast the UK for only "serving themselves".
Coronavirus 08-03-2021

EU drugs agency says national authorising of Sputnik V is ‘Russian roulette’

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has described as a “Russian roulette” the decision of some EU member states to unilaterally grant market authorisation to Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at this stage, without prior approval at the EU level.
Coronavirus 04-03-2021

EU takes first step towards Russian ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine approval

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday (4 March) began a rolling review of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine in a first step towards granting the approval of the jab across the EU.

EU vaccination certificate will allow ‘resuming normality’, says Portuguese minister

A proposal for an EU-wide vaccination certificate, due to be presented this month by the European Commission, will allow “resuming normality” in the daily lives of European citizens in the best possible conditions, Portugal's health minister Marta Temido has said.
Coronavirus 02-03-2021

Unused stocks of AstraZeneca vaccine pile up in France, Germany

Already facing a daunting COVID vaccination challenge, French and German authorities are fighting to convince more people that a jab from the pharma giant AstraZeneca is just as effective as others.
Coronavirus 26-02-2021

AstraZeneca fails to reassure MEPs over timely vaccine deliveries

Grilled by European lawmakers, the chief executive of AstraZeneca, Pascal Soriot, gave only vague explanations about recent supply cuts of COVID-19 vaccines and about the preferential treatment given to the UK, failing to guarantee the expected EU deliveries for the second quarter of the year.
Development Policy 25-02-2021

Scaling up vaccination to save lives worldwide

It is time for Europe to show real vaccination solidarity to ensure that COVID vaccines are available to the Global South and COVAX in the volumes required and at cost price, write Udo Bullmann and Conny Reuter.
Coronavirus 18-02-2021

Commission concerned about COVID vaccines black market

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned member states that getting supplies of COVID vaccines from illicit trade entails considerable risks for human health.
Coronavirus 18-02-2021

Commission takes action to preempt new COVID strains, fast track variant vaccines

The European Commission has launched a new bio-defence preparedness plan designed to bolster Europe’s preparedness against the looming threat of new coronavirus strains, which includes moves to fast-track future variant vaccines.
Coronavirus 05-02-2021

MEP lambasts AstraZeneca for treating EU citizens as ‘second class’

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has come under fire for treating EU citizens unfairly from EPP MEP Peter Liese, who criticised the company for not being forthcoming with information.