European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s new risk assessment shows need to step up coronavirus response in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published its updated risk assessment regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside a set of guidelines for non-pharmaceutical interventions (such as hand hygiene, physical distancing, cleaning and ventilation). The updated risk assessment shows that notification rates […]

Coronavirus: 4 new Member States join the rescEU medical reserve

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Denmark, Greece, Hungary and Sweden have joined Germany and Romania as host states of the rescEU medical equipment reserve. With financial support from the European Commission now altogether 6 EU Member States are building up common European stocks of lifesaving protective and other […]

Coronavirus Global Response: the Commission’s contribution to the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission confirmed its participation in the COVAX Facility for equitable access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines, following its expression of interest on 31 August and its announcement of a contribution of €400 million. In a joint effort between the European Commission and […]

“China needs to convince the EU that it is worth having an investment agreement” but not the EU to convince China? China-EU Leaders’ Meeting 2020 calls for mutual “transparency, reciprocity and respect”

Last Monday, the very important China-EU Leaders’ Meeting took place through videoconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, between China’s President Xi, the President of the EU Council Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. There is no doubt that after the wide criticism regarding the EU’s mistakes during June’s China-EU […]

President von der Leyen’s State of the Union Address: charting the course out of the coronavirus crisis and into the future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today pledged that the European Commission will drive a sustainable and transformational recovery that will give Europe a global platform to lead economically, environmentally and geopolitically. MAIN HIGHLIGHTS The response to coronavirus – and protecting Europe’s health […]

Key quotes from China’s Premier Li on COVID-19, the economy and US relations

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. China’s Premier Li Keqiang shared his thoughts with business leaders during a virtual World Economic Forum Special Dialogue, at a critical time for a world economy battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing China’s efforts to shore up its domestic […]

Coronavirus: Commission starts testing interoperability gateway service for national contact tracing and warning apps

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To exploit fully the potential of mobile proximity contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections and save lives, the Commission is setting up an interoperability gateway service linking national apps across the EU. Today, an important milestone has been […]

International Democracy Week 2020: how democracy is dealing with COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The spread of COVID-19 in 2020 has not only put people’s lives in danger, but has also transformed how they work, communicate and make political decisions. International Democracy Week comprises a series of events and workshops on global democracy and the COVID-19 pandemic. It […]

Technology as an inclusion method while facing the COVID-19 pandemic: the “Coronavirus-SUS” app

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Giulia Murillo Wollmann and Ms. Júlia Carolina Esteves de França, both medical students at the University of Joinville (UNIVILLE), Joinville (SC)-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 […]

REACT-EU: EU support to mitigate immediate effects of the COVID-19 crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Regional Development Committee beefed up the deployment of exceptional additional EU resources and measures, known as REACT-EU, for fostering crisis repair. The report was adopted on Monday with 37 votes in favour, none against and 4 abstentions. The REACT-EU instrument proposed by the […]

COVID-19: MEPs want safe vaccines, full transparency and liability for companies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Members of the Public Health Committee quizzed the Commission on efforts to develop, authorise and make safe COVID-19 vaccines available to European citizens. The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety today debated the EU vaccines strategy, including the state of play on […]

Why helping cross-border commuters is key to fighting COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sandra Caballero, Project Specialist, Autonomous and Urban Mobility, World Economic Forum & Mouchka Heller, Project Manager, Seamless Integrated Mobility System, World Economic Forum Thousands of essential healthcare workers cross the border between Canada and the U.S. every day. […]

Here’s why we need a global agreement on cross-border science to beat COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Saleem Ali, Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment, University of Delaware The pandemic has underscored the need for trust in science and global collaboration. A new approach can help broker better cooperation to leverage scientific talent and […]

Technology and public healthcare: the basis to fight COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Fábio Lima Baggio and Ms. Natália Federle are fourth grade medical students at a university in southern 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 […]

COVID-19: EU countries should harmonise testing procedures and frequency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU needs a common approach to limit COVID-19 and avoid member states designating other EU countries as red zones, EP’s committee responsible for public health says. On Wednesday, the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety held a debate with Dr Andrea Ammon, […]

Greater EU Civil Protection capacity needed in light of lessons from COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The ENVI Committee calls for the revision of the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism post-2020 so it can better respond to large-scale emergencies such as COVID-19. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) has supported member states to save lives in the midst of earthquakes, hurricanes […]

This is how flu season might affect the COVID-19 curve

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum The Southern Hemisphere largely avoided a combined flu season and pandemic. A heavy flu season in the midst of COVID-19 could overwhelm health systems. Experts have mixed views on […]

EU and Germany join efforts to support the African Union’s response to coronavirus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU continues to work with Member States to tackle the coronavirus pandemic on all fronts. Today, 500.000 additional coronavirus testing kits have been provided to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The test kits were delivered by […]

How technology will transform learning in the COVID-19 era

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Utkarsh Amitabh, Global Shaper, New Delhi Hub, Network Capital • A “great unbundling” will see traditional degree courses make way for companies offering focused training in soft skills, core skills, critical thinking or an opportunity to network. • […]

Coronavirus Global Response: European Union organises a humanitarian air bridge to Côte d’Ivoire

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A flight from the European Union (EU) humanitarian air bridge will land in Abidjan today, carrying medical equipment and PPE for Ivorian health personnel. The shipment includes medical outfits, masks and refrigerators, to protect the people of Côte d’Ivoire and ensure their access to […]

COVID-19 has laid bare the cracks in long-term care. Here’s how to fix them

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Debra Whitman, Executive Vice President and Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP Care homes around the world have become ground zero for COVID-19 infections. We must address this immediately with a clear plan of action. At the same time, […]

One-third of young people still optimistic despite COVID’s dramatic hit on education and jobs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content New survey polled young people – hit hard by COVID – around the world. Young women, younger adults and lower-income countries hit hardest. But more than a third of young people reported […]

Coronavirus: Commission expands talks to a fifth vaccine manufacturer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today concluded exploratory talks with Moderna to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. Moderna is the fifth company with which the Commission has concluded talks, following Sanofi-GSK on 31 July, Johnson & Johnson on 13 August, CureVac on 18 August, […]

3 reasons why responsibly-deployed technology is key to the COVID recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruth Hickin, Strategy & Impact Lead, World Economic Forum Rapid technology developments during COVID have saved lives and kept economies going. Newly created solutions, created quickly and without the proper governance, could exacerbate inequality during the recovery. As […]

What’s an ‘essential service’? Not knowing could block access to key digital services during COVID

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Erin Ennis, Senior Director, Global Public Policy, Dell Technologies & Jimena Sotelo, Project Lead, Digital Trade, World Economic Forum The supply of services was as disrupted as the supply of goods during the pandemic. A coordinated definition of […]

Coronavirus: Commission continues expanding future vaccines portfolio with new talks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today concluded exploratory talks with CureVac to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. This is following the positive steps with Sanofi-GSK on 31 July and Johnson & Johnson on 13 August and the signature of an Advance Purchase Agreement with […]

Why maps matter in our response to COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ibrahim Khan, Co-founder, IFG.VC and Islamicfinanceguru.com The most useful maps and data visualizations of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped us understand, respond to and recover from the crisis; Several maps seek to estimate the potential spread of COVID-19 […]

What talent means in the post-COVID-19 workplace

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ravin Jesuthasan, Managing Director and Global Practice Leader, Willis Towers Watson & Queenie Chan, Senior Consultant, Talent Management, Willis Towers Watson There is a lack of adequate metrics available to companies for measuring the value of talent and […]

This simple digital solution could streamline global travel and boost trade during COVID – here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content A new health data tool could help restart stalled international travel and trade. Individual data is only shared with the user’s permission, ensuring health data is protected. The CommonPass initiative could help […]

5 things COVID-19 has taught us about inequality

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 Coronavirus has brought to wider consciousness inequalities in areas from healthcare to technology. These inequalities are felt along various lines, from ethnicity to income. Minority groups and people with disabilities face multiple barriers […]

COVID-19 has hit Black Americans hardest. Healing this divide would lift the nation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nick Noel, Consultant, McKinsey & Company & Jason Wright, Partner, McKinsey & Company & Shelley Stewart III, Partner, McKinsey & Company • Black Americans are nearly twice as likely to live in areas that would be disproportionately disrupted […]

COVID-19: It’s time to rethink where, how and why we work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Oliver Wright, Managing Director, Strategy, Consumer Goods and Services, Accenture & Zara Ingilizian, Head of Shaping the Future of Consumption; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on businesses […]

Maintaining mental health is as important as avoiding COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Vitória Fateicha da Silva Soares is currently in the sixth semester of medice at Universidade Potiguar (UNP) from Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]