About: European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC)

Health 06-05-2022

ECDC: Around 95 cases of mysterious child hepatitis in 15 EU countries

Fifteen EU countries have reported cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children, while health authorities continue trying to figure out the cause.
Coronavirus 24-03-2022

ECDC chief: We must brace for next winter amid less restrictions, deaths

Europe is easing restrictions, closing vaccination centres and seeing declining death rates, but COVID-19 cases are rising, and we must be ready for possible future variants, according to the EU's infectious disease agency director.
Coronavirus 02-02-2022

‘Democratic control’ on Commission’s HERA is needed, says director

European lawmakers must be both present and involved in the work of the newly established Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), according to the body's head Pierre Delsaux.
Coronavirus 03-12-2021

Omicron variant ‘may become dominant in Europe in months’

The European Union's public health agency said the Omicron variant could be responsible for more than half of all COVID-19 infections in Europe within a few months.
Health 16-09-2021

MEPs vow to strengthen role of EU’s agency on infectious diseases

EU lawmakers on Wednesday (15 September) adopted by a large majority the proposal to extend the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Coronavirus 09-07-2021

COVID cases to soar in children but schools should stay open – EU health agency

The benefits of children attending school outweigh the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, although cases in children are set to soar in the autumn, said a new report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), published on Thursday (8 July).
Health 01-04-2021

COVID-19 plasma therapy comes handy either way, EU Commission says

Even though the efficiency of plasma therapies against COVID-19 are not yet demonstrated, increasing Europe's blood collection capacity will contribute to address chronic shortages, the European Commission has said.
Agrifood 02-09-2020

EU agency reports cases of Salmonella after contaminated imported nuts

An outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to Brazil nuts imported from Bolivia has been reported in several EU countries, prompting the European Commission to trigger its rapid alert system. 
Coronavirus 02-07-2020

Resurgence of COVID-19 observed in some EU countries, says EU disease centre

Several European countries have reported a resurgence of cases or large localised outbreaks of COVID-19, and there is still 'community transmission' in most EU/EEA countries, according to a report released on Thursday (2 June). The report called for continued vigilance despite noting decreasing trends in incidence across Europe overall.

Has COVID-19 increased the threat of bioterrorism in Europe?

As the global struggle to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerability of global societies to biological threats, both natural and manmade, experts have warned of a potential increase in the use of biological weapons, like viruses or bacteria, in a post-coronavirus world.
Coronavirus 05-05-2020

Europe has passed COVID-19 peak, says EU disease control chief

Most EU countries are seeing a “substantial decrease” in cases of COVID-19, and Bulgaria is the only EU country where coronavirus cases are increasing, the director of the EU’s disease control agency said on Monday (4 May).
Economy & Jobs 09-04-2020

No sign Europe’s COVID-19 epidemic is at peak, EU disease monitoring agency says

The COVID-19 disease pandemic is still infecting and killing large numbers of people across Europe and there is no sign yet that the peak of the region's outbreak has been reached, the EU's disease monitoring agency said on Wednesday (8 April).