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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.
Health 15-09-2021

Von der Leyen announces €50 billion health mission to strengthen EU health union

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced a €50 billion investment to strengthen the European health union in her annual State of the Union speech in efforts to concrete the EU as a world leader on health.   
Coronavirus 03-09-2021

Commission insists EU COVID certificates ‘entirely secure’ after reports of French fakes

The EU COVID certificate is “entirely secure”,  the European Commission has stressed after reports of false health passes in France being used to circumvent the country’s COVID measures.
EU-Africa 01-09-2021

EU commits to fund African vaccine hubs

The European Union will provide financial support for vaccine manufacture on the African continent with the specific aim of supplying Africa, as it seeks to fight back against accusations of 'vaccine nationalism'. 
Coronavirus 01-09-2021

ECDC: Schools need to be prepared, not closed

As children across the European Union are going back to school, ECDC is encouraging countries to “appropriately” balance children's physical and mental health needs while ensuring COVID-19 prevention. 
Coronavirus 31-08-2021

70% of adults in the EU fully vaccinated against COVID

More than 256 million adults in the EU are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as the rate among the adult population reached 70% on Tuesday (31 August), which the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen called “a great achievement".
Coronavirus 27-08-2021

Some might take more than a year to recover from COVID, study finds

One-half of COVID-19 patients discharged from a hospital in Wuhan, China, still experience at least one persistent symptom after 12 months, a study in the Lancet medical journal has shown. Its authors say that this needs to be considered when planning post-pandemic healthcare services.
Coronavirus 27-08-2021

Is it time for COVID-19 booster shot?

It has been around eight months since the first COVID vaccine was authorised in the European Union. As vaccination uptake among adults is nearing 70%, a new debate on whether a COVID-19 booster jab might be necessary is taking place across member states.
Coronavirus 29-07-2021

EU countries are throwing away expired vaccine doses

Europe is letting thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses expire while only 1% of people in low-income countries and 28% of the world population has received at least a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Coronavirus 26-07-2021

EMA approves second vaccine for children aged 12 to 17 in EU

EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) on Friday (23 July) has recommended granting an extension of indication for the COVID-19 vaccine Spikevax, previously COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna, to include use in children aged 12 to 17 years. 
Coronavirus 23-07-2021

Delta COVID variant now dominates European region, warn WHO and ECDC

The COVID Delta variant has swept rapidly across Europe to become the dominant strain across much of the region according to new data from European health authorities, who warn that action must be taken to curtail its spread.
Coronavirus 21-07-2021

‘Hidden pandemic’: 1.5 mln children worldwide have lost a caregiver due to COVID

As many as 1.5 million children worldwide have lost a parent, grandparent, or primary caregiver from COVID-19 during the first 14 months of the pandemic, a Lancet global study has estimated. Researchers have called for urgent investments in services to support children who lost their caregivers as the number is likely to grow.
Politics 11-06-2021

Tweets of the Week: Strasbourg Return, Macron Slap, Cornwall Travel

MEPs are back in place, Macron gets slapped in the face, taking a plane, what a disgrace. 
Coronavirus 26-05-2021

Von der Leyen: Great progress in fight against COVID-19 must be consolidated

Europe has made great progress in vaccination since the start of May and this is paving the way for societies to reopen safely, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday (25 May), but warned that progress must be consolidated so that we "stay one step ahead of the virus".
Coronavirus 17-05-2021

COVID-19 effects on mental health will be felt for years to come, warn researchers

COVID-19 has created a “parallel pandemic” of mental health issues that will be felt long after tackling coronavirus, new research warns, with younger people bearing the brunt across the EU.
Coronavirus 07-05-2021

EU revives coordinated approach in purchasing COVID drugs

The European Commission has unveiled its strategy on COVID-19 therapies, described as another milestone in fighting the virus as it aims to speed up recovery, reduce hospitalisation and help those suffering from long COVID.
Politics 06-05-2021

Hungarian opposition to file police complaint after MP attends vote with virus

Hungarian opposition parties Párbeszéd (Dialogue) and Momentum have filed complaints against ruling Fidesz party lawmaker Zsolt Becsó after he attended a parliamentary session last week while infected with the coronavirus.
Coronavirus 27-04-2021

Commission, industry dubious about IP rights waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

Both the European Commission and vaccine manufacturers are not convinced by the potential benefits of waiving the intellectual property (IP) rights of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. 
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.

COVID response to overshadow climate and industry at EU summit talks

The renewed focus on the COVID-19 crisis and delays with the European vaccination campaign are set to overshadow talks on how to align industrial policy with the EU's climate goals at an EU summit meeting on Thursday (25 March).
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Digital & Media 09-03-2021

The Future of Work: an interview with John Porter

With the launch of the new Deloitte report ‘The Future of Work is Here’, John Porter, CEO of Telenet, gives his views on how he and the company are looking at the future of work, especially under the impact of...
Digital & Media 04-03-2021

Digitalisation in times of COVID – Impacts on operations, business models and employees

COVID-19 has hit businesses hard, interrupting their operations, inducing low consumer demand and causing additional costs. But many companies were still able to make use of these unique circumstances to accelerate their digital transformation. They created customer-oriented technological solutions that...
Energy 25-02-2021

Wind provided 16% of EU electricity in 2020, despite COVID delays

Wind energy provided 16.4% of EU and UK power in 2020, bringing the industry closer to its objective of producing 50% of the bloc's total electricity by 2050. But permitting issues, lockdowns and changing regulations threaten to slow down further deployment, the industry warns.