A broad international platform of activists, unions and experts has urged India and South Africa to reject the leaked compromise on intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines, which the European Commission considers the ‘most promising path’ to sort out the issue.
EU countries need to further develop tracking tools to monitor vaccine rates, the director of the EU's infectious disease agency (ECDC) said, amongst talks of centring the role of digital health in preventative care.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended the conditional marketing authorisation of Pfizer's new COVID antiviral drug Paxlovid, with official authorisation by the European Commission expected imminently.
A bold US bid to waive patents on much-needed coronavirus vaccines was strongly opposed by Germany on Thursday (6 May), threatening to derail the proposal that requires the consensus of World Trade Organisation members to pass.
The distribution of an initial 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech will be completed for the European Union by September, a spokesman for the European Commission said on Monday (28 December). “Distribution of the...