Difficulties of vaccination against COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Luisa Colpini Meurer and Mr. Mateus Henrique Aderaldo Amichi two 3rd year medical students of UNINGÁ, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writers […]

The Pandora Box of misinformation surrounding the Covid-19 vaccination drive

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Manali Sarkar, a 2nd year MBBS student at MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai. She is affiliated to 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 […]

COVID-19 increased the use of AI. Here’s why it’s here to stay

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kerri Reynolds, SVP Crowdsourcing and HR, Appen Due to the pandemic, organisations have invested in AI to expedite remote working, enhance the customer experience and decrease costs. AI developments during the pandemic have benefited retail, education and healthcare […]

This is why you need that second COVID-19 vaccine dose, says WHO’s Chief Scientist

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content More than 150 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered around the world to date. Hospitalization rates in the UK have dropped by 94% after just one dose, according to latest data. […]

This opera company is helping people in their recovery from COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content ENO Breathe is helping COVID-19 patients to recover through singing, in order to manage breathlessness and anxiety. The program is entirely virtual and done in collaboration with the UK’s National Health Service. The […]

We need to talk about COVID-19 vaccine challenges – Misinformation and Distribution

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Lucas Queiroz, a third-year medical student at Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP), in São Paulo, Brazil. He is affiliated to 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 […]

Vaccination: understanding the challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Khushi Lohiya, 2nd year medical student of NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and research centre. She is affiliated to 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 […]

Approaching the challenges of COVID-19 vaccination

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Juwairiah Abdur Raheem, a 3rd year medical student from India. She is affiliated to 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 on […]

How 3 MENA business leaders are building resilient companies post-COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexandre Raffoul, Head of Business Engagement, Middle East and Africa, World Economic Forum & Fatima Al Zahra Hewaidi, Acting Community Lead, Business Engagement MEA, World Economic Forum We asked three business leaders what steps they took to adapt […]

A Treacherous Road to Recovery: The Challenges of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jainil Devani, a first year Medical Student at GMERS Gotri Medical College, Vadodara, India. He is a member of the MSAI (Medical Students Association of India), under IFMSA.. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The […]

From Trials to Vials: Ensuring an Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 vaccines

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Emily Conroy is a 4th year medical student at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. She is affiliated to 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 […]

EU is right place to tackle pandemic, but reform is needed, latest survey finds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Covid-19 pandemic has strengthened citizens’ beliefs that the European Union is the right place to develop effective solutions to tackle its effects. At the end of 2020, more respondents saw things on the right path at EU level in comparison with their own […]

Access and hesitancy as major challenges surrounding covid-19 vaccination campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Eleni Xenophontos, a 4th year medical student at the University of Cyprus. She is currently the National Public Health Officer at the Cyprus Medical Students’ Association-CyMSA. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

COVID-19: MEPs extend relief measures for the transport sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To support the transport sector during the pandemic, MEPs revamped rules for the use of airport slots to prevent ghost flights, and extended the validity of some licences. Parliament temporarily suspended the ‘use it or lose it’ rule in March 2020 to stop airlines […]

More people now plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine than in December

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 Public trust in coronavirus vaccines is growing, with more people saying they would get one, according to an Ipsos survey in partnership with the World Economic Forum. People in Brazil and the […]

COVID-19 lessons learnt: boosting EU civil protection

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Monday, a reform of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) was provisionally agreed, aimed at improving prevention, preparedness and response to disasters. Parliament and Council agreed to strengthen the existing legal framework on civil protection, in response to the unprecedented experience of the […]

The COVID-19 disinformation divide: understanding vaccine attitudes

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yannis Kotziagkiaouridis, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Edelman Data & Intelligence (DxI) & Anjuli Bedi, Global Head of Behavioral Science and Psychometrics, Edelman Data & Intelligence (DxI) Scientists have developed COVID-19 vaccines so rapidly it has exacerbated existing […]

State aid: Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel organisers and facilitators of linked travel services in the context of the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel organisers and facilitators of linked travel services in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The package […]

COVID-19: MEPs want to ensure developing countries’ access to vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. COVID-19 vaccines should be produced also in developing countries to overcome the pandemic, development MEPs told Commissioner Urpilainen on Thursday. “Distributing vaccines globally is our exit strategy from the pandemic,” International Partnership Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen told the Development Committee, adding that the Commission will […]

Understanding the challenge surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine campaign

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Gautam Araya, a medical student who has studied in Manila Central University and Nepal Institute of Science and Management. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the […]

Go early, go hard and keep it simple: how Senegal is staying ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Macky Sall, President, Senegal • Senegal is re-entering a state of emergency to combat the pandemic’s second wave. • Early action and clear measures were vital during the first. • The first phase of vaccination will be completed […]

Questions and Answers: Transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. What is the rationale for the measure? The objective of this measure is to ensure timely access to COVID-19 vaccines for all EU citizens and to tackle the current lack of transparency of vaccine exports outside the EU. The European Union has supported the […]

COVID-19 practices are constantly changing – this app helps emergency doctors cope

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Elemeno Express app keeps emergency doctors and nurses up-to-date on latest COVID-19 best practices. It has been developed by California-based software company Elemeno Health and the American College of Emergency Physicians. […]

Addressing the challenges of COVID-19 vaccination

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Iftekhar Ahmed Sakib, currently studying at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is affiliated to 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 […]

COVID-19: Team Europe supports African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to access finance through digital technology

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, together with the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), has signed today a new initiative of €14.5 million with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) to unlock the potential of digital finance to benefit more than 600,000 women, […]

COVID-19 has shown us the true extent of global inequality. In 2021, let’s commit to ending it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gabriela Bucher, Executive Director, Oxfam International • The pandemic is threatening the biggest rise in inequality since records began. • The poor, women and those from marginalized racial and ethnic groups are disadvantaged in many spheres of life. […]

Coronavirus response and recovery: EU support for regions to work together in innovative pilot projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has announced the winners of a new EU-funded initiative for interregional partnerships in four areas: coronavirus-related innovative solutions, circular economy in health, sustainable and digital tourism, and hydrogen technologies in carbon–intensive regions. The aim of this new pilot action, which builds on […]

European Commission authorises second safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Moderna, the second COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and quality […]

These charts show that even before COVID, most children weren’t doing enough exercise

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Only around one in four 11-year-olds in the EU reported one hour a day of exercise, according to OECD data. Girls are less physically active than boys in all countries surveyed. 76% […]

7 lessons leaders should take from the COVID-19 crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amal Amin, Associate Professor, National Research Center; Founder and Chair, Women in Science Without Borders The pandemic is an opportunity to rethink humanity’s future. From better decision-making to the need for international cooperation, here are seven things we […]

COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 4 January

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. Top stories: […]

Coronavirus and sourdough – this is what we searched for online in 2020

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Billions of Google searches show some topics had a surge of interest in 2020. Many searches reflect global impact of the COVID pandemic. Kobe Bryant, Joe Biden, Zoom, dalgona coffee and fostering […]

State aid: Commission approves €73 million of Italian support to compensate Alitalia for further damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found €73.02 million of Italian support in favour of Alitalia to be in line with EU State aid rules. This measure aims at compensating the airline for the damages suffered on 19 routes due to the coronavirus outbreak between 16 June and 31 […]