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Global Europe 17-06-2022

WTO strikes global trade deals after ‘roller coaster’ talks

The World Trade Organization agreed on the first change to global trading rules in years 17 June as well as a deal to boost the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in a series of pledges that were heavy on compromise.
Global Europe 17-06-2022

WTO reaches initial deal as India’s defiance tempered

Major members of the World Trade Organization reached an initial deal on 16 June, winning over India which said it was confident more global accords could be achieved as negotiations on fishing, vaccines and food security entered their final hours.
Coronavirus 07-06-2022

10 EU countries call for more flexibility in vaccine contracts

A coalition of 10 EU countries has asked for an amendment to the advance purchase agreements (APA) made with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, as vaccine quantities exceed countries’ needs.
Global Europe 24-05-2022

Indian vaccine giant Serum plans African plant in global expansion

The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's biggest vaccine maker, is considering setting up its first manufacturing plant in Africa as it looks to expand globally after its success in selling COVID-19 shots, its CEO said on 23 May.
Coronavirus 08-04-2022

COVAX asks for additional funding in case new COVID variant emerges

It has been over a year since the COVAX vaccination initiative, led by Gavi, delivered its first shipment. Recently supply outran demand for the first time. The initiative's focus is now turning towards fundraising to prepare for future variants.
Health 24-03-2022

Choosing additional COVID shots for Ukrainians treated with Covishield or CoronaVac

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, countries receiving Ukrainian refugees are encouraged to ensure available vaccination. Of the six vaccines authorised in Ukraine, two are not authorised by the EU drugs agency, and the World Health Organisation says mix and match technology needs to be used in these cases. 
Health 02-02-2022

Health Brief: The HPV vaccine moral dilemma

At a time when Europe’s beating cancer plan aims to include boys in HPV vaccination programs, vaccine shortages are creating a moral dilemma: Should a shot be given to a boy in the EU or a girl in a low-income country?
Coronavirus 19-01-2022

EMA encourages COVID-19 vaccine developers to target several variants

Marco Cavaleri, the head of vaccines strategy for the European Medicines Agency (EMA), has encouraged vaccine developers to “explore the feasibility” of making multivalent vaccines: those that cross-neutralise COVID-19 virus variants. 
Agrifood 18-01-2022

France to push EU states to approve avian flu vaccine for poultry

Two vaccines will soon be tested in France in response to the worst avian influenza outbreak Europe has ever faced, French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie has announced. The aim is for them to be approved for all 27 EU member states. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 13-01-2022

Short shelf lives see poor nations decline millions of Covid jabs: UN

Lower-income countries refused to take around 100 million donated COVID-19 vaccine doses in December alone, chiefly due to their short shelf life, the United Nations said Thursday (13 January).
Coronavirus 14-12-2021

COVID-19 certificates helped to increase vaccination uptake

COVID-19 certification led to increased vaccination uptake 20 days before and 40 days after it was introduced in countries with lower-than-average vaccination coverage, according to a modeling study published in The Lancet Public Health journal.
08-11-2021

Why Europe’s East does not trust the COVID-19 vaccine

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, an ever-growing divide between Western and Eastern Europe in terms of vaccination uptake becomes more apparent. But what's driving it?
Coronavirus 19-05-2021

Ex vaccine adviser: EU didn’t look hard enough at producers’ capacity

The EU should have paid more attention to some vaccine manufacturers and their effective capacity when signing the contracts, the former co-chair of the EU vaccine steering board said during an event on Tuesday (18 May).
Health 21-04-2021

Health expert: Routine immunisation should not be put on back-burner due to COVID

A real commitment from all stakeholders and policymakers is needed to support a catch-up immunisation campaign and overcome the difficulties routine vaccination programmes have experienced during the pandemic, according to a key vaccine stakeholder.
Coronavirus 15-03-2021

‘Mistakes were made’ when vaccines were ordered, EU’s Timmermans admits

The European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans has admitted that mistakes were made in Brussels when COVID-19 vaccines were being ordered and suggested taking stock "at the end of the pandemic" of what went wrong and what was done right. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Coronavirus 26-02-2021

AstraZeneca fails to reassure MEPs over timely vaccine deliveries

Grilled by European lawmakers, the chief executive of AstraZeneca, Pascal Soriot, gave only vague explanations about recent supply cuts of COVID-19 vaccines and about the preferential treatment given to the UK, failing to guarantee the expected EU deliveries for the second quarter of the year.
Development Policy 18-02-2021

France announces development aid boost

After international stakeholders came together on 9 February to discuss new solidarity-based development models, the French government presented a text on Wednesday (17 February) to increase development aid to 0.55% of the country's wealth by 2022. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 02-02-2021

EU Commission wants extra €1.5 billion to fight pandemic

The European Commission on Monday (1 February) said it will need to tap into the EU budget margins this year – around €1.5 billion – to monitor progress made with vaccination campaigns, finance pharmacovigilance studies, and fight against the new variants of COVID-19.
Coronavirus 29-01-2021

EU tightens controls on vaccine exports, leaves door open for bans

On the back of increasing tensions with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, the European Commission launched a scheme to monitor exports of vaccines on Friday (29 January), leaving the door open to reject exports of vaccines produced in the EU as it sees fit.
Technology 13-01-2021

Spain to launch Whatsapp channel to fight vaccine disinformation

Spain’s health ministry will soon launch a WhatsApp interactive channel to fight against disinformation on COVID-19 vaccines, El País reported. This should help reduce the percentage of Spaniards who still refuse to get vaccinated. EURACTIV's partner EuroEfe reports.
Coronavirus 30-10-2020

EU to fund transfer of COVID-19 patients across borders to prevent hospitals collapse

The European Union will finance the transfer of patients across borders within the bloc to prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations spike in the continent.
Health 12-06-2020

EU wants to buy COVID-19 vaccines up front – unless they’re made in America

The European Commission is seeking a mandate from EU countries to buy promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates in advance from pharmaceutical firms, as long as they are not produced solely in the United States, officials said.
Health 14-05-2020

Oxfam: COVID-19 vaccinations for vulnerable could cost fraction of top pharma’s yearly profits

Oxfam is urging governments and pharmaceutical companies to guarantee that vaccines, tests, and treatments will be patent-free and equitably distributed to all nations and people, ahead of the World Health Assembly next week.
Global Europe 14-05-2020

US says China trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine as markets slump

Chinese hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research, US authorities said Wednesday (13 May), ratcheting up tensions between the superpowers as markets slumped on warnings from the US Federal Reserve that prolonged shutdowns could cause "lasting damage."