Member States, workers and employers agree on the need to recognise COVID-19 as an occupational disease

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, Member States, workers and employers in the EU Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (ACSH) reached an agreement on the need to recognise COVID-19 as an occupational disease in health and social care and in domiciliary assistance and, in a pandemic […]

Coronavirus: Commission secures an agreement with BioNTech-Pfizer to adapt delivery schedules to Member States’ needs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the vaccine developers, BioNTech and Pfizer, reached an agreement to better address Member States needs for COVID-19 vaccines for the months ahead. This will ensure Member States have access to the vaccines when they need them – including future […]

Normal life after the COVID-19 pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Burhansyah Azhar, a medical student from Indonesia at his 6th medical year in Kasr el Ainy Medical School, Cairo University, Egypt. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly […]

How to increase COVID-19 vaccination through effective communication

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bisma Naveed, a 4th year medical student at Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakistan. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writers and do not necessarily reflect […]

Hesitance of COVID-19 vaccination: how to tackle with effective communications strategies

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Anthony Collins, a third year Medical Student from UWI Mona in Kingston, Jamaica. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writers and do not necessarily reflect […]

Factors associated with vaccine hesitations against COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Júlia de Moura Cassita, first year student of the medical course at Unicesumar, in Maringá, Paraná, Brazil and Mr. Manoel Flávio Silva Kanisky, studying medicine (seventh period) at Unicesumar, Maringá city. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner […]

EP Special Committee on COVID-19 pandemic starts work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, the special committee elected Kathleen Van Brempt as its Chair, alongside four Vice-Chairs, and will commence its review of the EU’s response to the pandemic. Specifically tasked with looking into how the European response to the pandemic and the lessons learned can […]

8 ways women will re-shape the post-COVID-19 world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ana Kreacic, Chief Operating Officer of the Oliver Wyman Forum and Chief Knowledge Officer, Oliver Wyman Women have been hit hard by the harsh conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic causing them to adapt to new realities. A survey […]

Health program’s resilience and chronic disease during COVID-19 pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Behnaz Rahati, a 5th-year medical student from the Golestan University of Medicine, Iran and a member of the Medical Students Iranian Association (a member of (IFMSA)). She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

International Women’s Day: an ambitious future for women after COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs and national parliamentarians will discuss the post-pandemic future for Europe’s women at an inter-parliamentary committee meeting on Thursday morning. WHEN? Thursday 3 March, from 09.00 to 12.00 CET. WHERE? European Parliament in Brussels, SPAAK building, room 1A2 and remotely. The annual inter-parliamentary committee […]

Will we have to live with COVID-19 forever?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Most people think COVID-19 can never be eradicated, according to a new global survey. But opinion remains sharply divided about compulsory vaccination. There are also mixed views on whether people should be […]

Air pollution can increase the threat posed by COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content The World Health Organization has declared air pollution a major public health emergency, saying it causes millions of premature deaths each year. Breathing toxic air can lead to a compromised immune system and […]

COVID-19 hit the creative industries particularly hard. How can they be supported in future?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kayleigh Bateman, Senior Writer, Formative Content Ten million creative jobs have been lost because of the pandemic. Digital revenues fail to make up for losses from live events. UNESCO calls for changes to better support the cultural sectors […]

Coronavirus: €4 million from European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to support dismissed Selecta workers in France

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission proposes to support 473 former workers of vending machine company Selecta in France who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic with €4 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers (EGF). The funding will help […]

Digital health: difficulties and triumphs from the first astronaut missions to the COVID-19 pandemic

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ananda Ciabotti Candido, a 4th-year medical student from São Paulo enthusiastic about innovation and research. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not […]

Will COVID-19 stick with us forever?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Tayba Abdulrahman Mugibel from Yemen, a 4th-year medical student at Hadramout University College of Medicine. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not […]

EU Cohesion policy: Almost €385.5 million from the EU Solidarity Fund to 19 countries to tackle the coronavirus health emergency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission completed the payments of the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) assistance to tackle the coronavirus health emergency to 19 countries for a total amount of almost€385.5 million. This comes in addition to €132.7 million paid in 2020 to the Member States that requested […]

REACT-EU: €382.7 million to help Spain’s regions fighting the coronavirus pandemic and supporting a digital and green transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has granted €382.7million under the 2022 tranche of REACT-EU to support the recovery and the digital and green transition of Spain. This additional funding under the European Regional Development Fund is added to twelve 2014-2020 operational programmes to help the health system […]

Will it ever be the same after COVID-19?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ilayda Ceren SURUR and Ms. Begum COKMEZ, second-year medical students at Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul, Turkey. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do […]

COVID-19: when are we going to finally get rid of it?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Wireko Andrew Awuah, 5th year medical student at Sumy State University, Ukraine and Ms. Shekinah Obinna Amaka is a 6th year medical student at Sumy State University, Ukraine. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The […]

COVID-19: What do we know about Omicron in 2022?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content The World Health Organization has warned against calling the COVID-19 Omicron variant ‘mild’. A new wave of COVID-19 infections is sweeping the globe, caused by the new Omicron variant. From symptoms to […]

€47 million fund to protect intellectual property of EU SMEs in their COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched the new EU SME Fund, which offers vouchers for EU-based SMEs to help them protect their intellectual property (IP) rights. This is the second EU SME Fund aiming at supporting SMEs in […]

COVID-19: When are we going to get rid of it once and for all?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Alarice Francisco, a 5th year medical student from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do […]

COVID-19: when are we finally going to eradicate it?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Abiola Asekun, a 4th year medical student at Sumy State University, Ukraine. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s […]

These smart face masks can tell you whether you have COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kayleigh Bateman, Senior Writer, Formative Content Masks are a tool in the fight against the pandemic and now scientists are exploring ways to make them more effective. Ostrich antibodies applied to material can be used to detect COVID-19. […]

What is Pfizer’s antiviral pill and can it cure COVID?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content The EU has cleared Pfizer’s oral COVID pill for use to prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19. It’s just one of many COVID-19 treatments in development. Merck’s oral antiviral molnupiravir became the […]

State aid: Commission approves €71.4 million Portuguese measure to further compensate TAP Air Portugal for damages suffered due to coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €71.4 million Portuguese aid measure to further support TAP Air Portugal in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. TAP Air Portugal is a Portuguese flag carrier and, as the largest airline based […]

Counteract COVID-19 Misdiagnosis in Pandemic Era

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Nadine Aurelie is a third-year preclinical medical student at Universitas Indonesia. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

Missing pieces of the Global Health puzzle in the war against COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Behnaz Rahati is a 5th-year medical student from the Golestan University of Medicine, Iran. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily […]

This is how COVID-19 hit household expenditure in Europe

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content New data reveals that COVID-19 reduced Europe’s household spending by 8% in 2020. Nations with the severest lockdowns saw the most dramatic drop in household consumption, says Eurostat. Elsewhere, consumer spending in […]

Rule of law, COVID-19, hybrid threats: MEPs discuss EU summit results

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Political leaders demand more action against countries breaching the rule of law and express solidarity with Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, in a debate on Tuesday. In a debate assessing the outcome of the 21-22 October European Council with Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von […]

European Health Union: green light for two new COVID-19 therapeutics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has given a positive opinion on two COVID-19 treatments – Ronapreve and Regkirona – identified by the Commission as promising therapeutics under the EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics. Both are treatments for use during the early stages of […]

The Silence of the Lambs: effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of the youth

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Vimbai Matshalaga, a Zimbabwean completing her third year medical studies at the Norman Bethune Health Science Center of Jilin University in Changchun. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]