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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.
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).
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.
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.
Air Quality 23-11-2020

European air quality improves but still detrimental to health

Air quality has improved significantly across Europe over the past 10 years, but pollution still contributes to significant numbers of premature deaths, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).