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Global Europe 24-09-2021

World Health chief set for second term after German endorsement

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is expected to obtain a second term as World Health Organization chief, after the German government endorsed him and no other candidate is likely to stand before the deadline on Thursday (23 September).
Coronavirus 06-08-2021

EU: too early to say if COVID booster needed as Germany, France press ahead

There's not enough data to recommend using COVID-19 vaccine boosters, the European Union's drugs regulator said on Friday, after major EU states said they would roll out a third dose for the most vulnerable from September.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2021

Spain mulls lifting restrictions for hotels, restaurants, cafes

Spain's health ministry is in favour of gradually lifting restrictions for the hotel, restaurant and cafes sector known as HORECA and is mulling the reopening of nightlife activities for medium-risk regions for COVID-19. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
China 02-06-2021

WHO asks for re-checks of research on when coronavirus first surfaced in Italy

Samples from a study suggesting the coronavirus was circulating outside China by October 2019 have been re-tested at the World Health Organization's (WTO) request, two scientists who led the Italian research said.
Economy & Jobs 24-05-2021

Spain lifts travel restrictions for UK, Japan hoping to salvage summer

Spain has from Monday (24 May) lifted COVID-19 travel restrictions for citizens of 10 low-risk countries, including the UK and Japan, in a bid to jump-start its pandemic-stricken tourism sector in time for the summer season. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Development Policy 17-05-2021

WHO urges rich countries to donate shots instead of vaccinating children

The World Health Organization urged rich countries on Friday (14 May) to reconsider plans to vaccinate children and instead donate COVID-19 shots to the COVAX scheme that shares them with poorer nations. The WHO is hoping more countries will follow...
Air Quality 12-05-2021

Brussels spells out EU air quality goals as part of ‘zero pollution’ plan

Europe needs to halve premature deaths caused by air pollution by 2030 and bring air quality standards closer to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, according to the European Commission's zero pollution action plan, announced on Wednesday (12 May).
Health 30-04-2021

Europe faces ‘obesity epidemic’ as figure almost tripled in 40 years

Last week, the European Parliament called for the better treatment and management of obesity as average obesity levels in the EU have risen by 161% since 1975. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 23-04-2021

Commission: Antimicrobial resistance among biggest global health threats

The European Commission backs the stance of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the importance of approaching the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in a multilateral, global way.
Coronavirus 31-03-2021

New international treaty will help prepare for future pandemics, EU’s Michel says

The international pandemic treaty currently in the making should serve as a framework for future preparedness against global health threats, said European Council president Charles Michel, who originally came up with the idea.
Health 20-01-2021

Reducing air pollution could save 50,000 deaths a year, says new Lancet report

Reducing air pollution to World Health Organisation recommended levels would prevent more than 50,000 deaths a year across European cities, according to a new study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal.
Coronavirus 21-08-2020

Europe can contain virus without second lockdown, says WHO

It is possible to keep the coronavirus pandemic in check in Europe while also keeping the economy running and an education system in operation, the WHO said on Thursday (20 August).
Coronavirus 19-05-2020

EU backs WHO as its members agree to independent probe of COVID-19 outbreak

World Health Organisation member states agreed on Tuesday (19 May) to an independent probe into the UN agency's handling of the coronavirus crisis. The agreement came with an EU-brokered resolution that called for multilateralism and was in stark contrast to US criticism of the body's actions during the pandemic.
Global Europe 05-05-2020

Vaccine telethon raises billions as Europe eases virus lockdown

Hopes rose in the fight against the coronavirus on Monday (4 May) as world leaders pledged billions of euros for a vaccine in a special telethon and European countries edged out of lockdown.
Coronavirus 27-04-2020

Weekly coronavirus testing of healthcare workers could reduce spread by a third

Weekly screening of healthcare workers and other at-risk groups could reduce their contribution to transmission by between 25-33%,  a study published Thursday (23 April) by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Modelling, concluded.
Coronavirus 23-04-2020

Spanish government criticised over handling of health crisis

The Spanish government has been repeatedly criticised for its management of the COVID-19 health crisis, with the latest rebuke regarding the rules for children going outside. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Global Europe 22-04-2020

US failed to block UN virus vaccine resolution

The UN General Assembly has demanded equal access for any future COVID-19 vaccine but its seeming unanimity was a fluke. The United States in fact opposed the resolution but acted too late to stop it, diplomats say.
Health 21-04-2020

National immunisation routines ‘more critical than ever’ in wake of COVID-19 outbreak

The recent COVID-19 outbreak has demonstrated that we must not let down our guard on  routine immunisations, Dr Hans Kluge, World Health Organisation (WHO) regional director for Europe, stressed in a speech marking European Immunisation Week 2020.
China 27-03-2020

G20 leaders to inject $5 trillion into global economy in fight against coronavirus

Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday (26 March) to inject over $5 trillion into the global economy to limit job and income losses from the coronavirus and "do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic."
Digital & Media 24-03-2020

Elite hackers target WHO as coronavirus cyberattacks spike

Elite hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier this month, sources told Reuters, part of what a senior agency official said was a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks.
Botswana 20-03-2020

The last continent to face up COVID-19, Africa ‘needs to wake up’

As Europe and North American countries go into self-imposed economic and social lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Africa remains the continent least affected by the virus. Still, a raft of African governments were quick to impose travel bans on airlines carrying passengers from Europe last week.
China 19-03-2020

Coronavirus Western Front: Italy deaths hit record

Italy on Wednesday (18 March) reported nearly 500 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, the highest one-day official toll of any nation, as Donald Trump ordered sweeping new action against the pandemic and declared himself a war president.
Global Europe 17-03-2020

Europe locks down as global virus panic spreads

European leaders are set to ban non-essential travel into the continent on Tuesday (17 March), the latest drastic attempt to curb the coronavirus pandemic that has upended society, battered markets and killed thousands around the world.
Air Quality 04-03-2020

Air pollution main risk factor for mortality worldwide, says new study

Air pollution is the world's leading cause of mortality as it reduces a person's lifespan by three years on average, according to a study published on Tuesday (3 March). EURACTIV's partner Le Journal de l'Environment reports.