About: swine flu

Agrifood 02-07-2014

Latvia may declare emergency over swine fever

Latvia may declare a state of emergency in the eastern part of the country, near its border with Belarus and Russia, to fight an outbreak of African swine fever in wild boars and farm pigs.
Trade & Society 30-06-2014

EU takes Russia to WTO over pork embargo

The European Union is taking Russia to the dispute settlement body of the World Trade Organisation, in order to overturn a ban on pork exports from the bloc, escalating a trade row that has been aggravated by the crisis in Ukraine.
Health 27-07-2011

Member states halt ‘narcoleptic’ flu jabs

Finland, Sweden and the UK will cease to give the flu vaccine Pandemrix to young people after it was linked to an increased chance of narcolepsy, as further investigations into the drug continue across Europe.
Health 01-02-2011

Finns table evidence on Pandremix-narcolepsy link

Finland's National Public Health Institute (THL) today (1 February) said that young people between 4 and 19 years of age, who received Pandremix swine flu vaccine in 2009-2010 had manifold increased risk of falling ill with narcolepsy, a chronic disease of the central nervous system, which makes affected people to fall asleep suddenly and unexpectedly.
Health 06-10-2010

Healthcare fraud costing EU €56bn a year

€56 billion is lost to healthcare fraud each year in the EU, but experts say conflicts of interest in the pharmaceutical sector mean that the true extent of expenditure being directed away from patients remains unknown.
Health 27-08-2010

Drug regulator probes flu vaccine side effects

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched a review of a swine flu vaccine amid fears it may be linked to narcolepsy in children.
Health 08-07-2010

WHO Europe chief: Flu pandemic was ‘handled well’

Public health authorities responded well in the face of the H1N1 flu pandemic but must learn to be more flexible and transparent, Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Health 08-07-2010

WHO set to declare end of flu pandemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is expected to downgrade the H1N1 influenza pandemic when its emergency committee meets later this month, WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab told EURACTIV in an interview.
Health 06-05-2010

MEPs want pandemic flu probe

More than 200 MEPs are calling for the establishment of a European Parliamentary committee to investigate the handling of the H1N1 flu pandemic.
Regional Policy 31-03-2010

Bulgaria health minister charged over vaccine contracts

Bulgarian prosecutors have charged health minister Bozhidar Nanev with mismanaging flu vaccine contracts. The government presented the move as part of its efforts to clean up corruption as Brussels assesses Sofia's efforts to fight misconduct and organised crime.

EU to pump €18m into flu research

The European Commission has unveiled plans to pour €18 million into research projects on influenza. The news comes as MEPs from across the political spectrum call for a European Parliament inquiry into the handling of the swine flu pandemic.
Health 05-01-2010

EU governments seek to offload flu vaccines

Governments in Western Europe are selling off surplus stocks of the H1N1 flu vaccine and cancelling orders for additional supplies amid low public demand. But the World Health Organisation is warning that flu transmission is still on the rise in Central and Eastern Europe.
Health 12-11-2009

Climate change ‘playing havoc’ with health systems

Global warming has brought an increase in heat-related deaths, food poisoning and tick-borne diseases, but flu pandemics may decline as temperatures rise, according to Jan Semenza, scientific advisor at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Elections 03-11-2009

Swine flu hits Ukrainian election campaign

Ukraine has banned public meetings, including election rallies, for a three-week period after confirming its first death from swine flu.
Trade & Society 27-10-2009

Criminals cashing in on fake swine flu medicines

European medicine authorities are growing increasingly alarmed by the number of bogus swine flu remedies being sold over the Internet. The news comes as MEPs gear up to debate new rules covering counterfeit medicines.
Health 28-09-2009

EU clears way for mass swine flu vaccination

European healthcare regulators last week (25 September) recommended the approval of two swine flu vaccines, clearing the way for mass vaccination programmes to start within weeks.
Health 16-09-2009

EU states to share swine flu vaccine supplies

After the European Commission abandoned plans for an EU-led vaccination programme, EU states may share scarce supplies of H1N1 vaccine under a scheme allowing for redistribution of stocks from the "haves" to the "have nots".
Health 03-09-2009

European governments weigh up flu vaccine sharing

A special meeting of European health ministers next month will discuss "solidarity measures" which could see flu vaccines shared between countries. However, there is likely to be resistance from member states that have ordered large quantities of the vaccine for their citizens.
Health 20-08-2009

Swedes seek common approach to flu pandemic

Sweden is seeking pan-European agreement on a common strategy for containing the spread of Influenza A (H1N1), as the EU gears up for a predicted surge in cases this autumn.
Health 12-06-2009

European nations activate flu pandemic response plans

Governments across Europe last night triggered national pandemic response plans in the wake of the World Health Organisation's decision to raise the flu pandemic alert level to phase six. This marks the first full-scale global pandemic in 41 years, though the WHO stressed that most of those infected to date have made a swift recovery.
Health 09-06-2009

EU considers raising alert level over flu virus

The World Health Organisation is edging towards declaring the H1N1 flu outbreak a stage six pandemic – the highest level on the WHO's six-point scale. However, it is expected that any such declaration will include the caveat that the virus, commonly referred to as 'swine flu', is rarely lethal.