Vaccination campaigns are wars against fake news

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Walquiria da Silva Pedra Parreira, a second year medical student in Brazil, at Centro Universitário de Valença. 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 […]

The real challenges of COVID-19 vaccinations

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Şule Sök, a 22 years old a 4th year medical student at Gazi University, Turkey. 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 […]

Confidence in COVID-19 vaccines continues to rise, Ipsos-Forum poll shows

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 A new Ipsos-World Economic Forum survey shows a notable increase in COVID-19 vaccination intent since December in all 15 countries studied. Eighty-nine percent of people in Brazil say they’re ready to be […]

How COVID could democratise commutes

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mouchka Heller, Project Lead, Automotive and Autonomous Mobility, World Economic Forum COVID lockdowns have raised key questions about commutes and their costs in terms of time, money and health. COVID has removed employees’ needs for self-funded commutes, democratising […]

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 […]

How rethinking infrastructure could boost the economy and improve quality of life in the post-COVID world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Negash Haile, Manager of Economic Analysis and Modelling, Infrastructure Canada The pandemic has brought a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink the type of infrastructure investments we can make and how we deliver them. Canada has joined the ranks of […]

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 […]

COVID made many of us avoid public transport – what will it take to get us back on the bus?

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 A global survey by transit app Moovit asked people how COVID-19 has affected their use of public transport. It also asked what would encourage them to use public transit more often during […]

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 […]

Rapid growth in China post-COVID makes it ripe for investment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mohammed Alardhi, Executive Chairman, Investcorp In January 2020 as the world began to learn of COVID-19, many market observers predicted a challenging year for Asia. While there continue to be headwinds from the health and economic crisis, Asia, […]

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% […]

Coronavirus: Commission signs a joint procurement contract with Gilead for the supply of Remdesivir

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has signed a joint procurement framework contract with the pharmaceutical company Gilead for the supply of up to 500,000 treatment courses of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir, and the opportunity to increase supply beyond the 500,000 treatment courses. There are  36 […]

Coronavirus response: over €1 billion from EU Cohesion policy to support Spain’s recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved the modification of nine more Cohesion policy operational programmes in Spain, worth a total of €1.2 billion from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. This comprehensive recovery approach will reallocate funds […]

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 […]

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 […]

Longer hours, more emails and shorter meetings – working from home in the time of COVID

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andy Dunn, Writer, Formative Content The average workday during lockdown was 48 minutes longer, report says. So did employees become more flexible to deal with distractions? Or has the line between work and home life become blurred? Employees […]

6 ways the COVID-19 pandemic could change our approach to human capital

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Walsh, Head, Talent Line of Business, Chicago, Willis Towers Watson & Ryan Resch, Managing Director, Executive Compensation (Toronto), Willis Towers Watson Companies with well-established human capital governance frameworks are considered better investments and capable of creating more […]

Cross-border travel is confusing after COVID – this framework can help borders reopen safely

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Meyer, Co-founder and CEO, The Commons Project & James Kondo, Chairman and CEO, International House, Japan & Christoph Wolff, Head of Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum Cross-border travel after COVID must be safe and […]

From me to we: COVID-19 heralds a new model of entrepreneurship

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bhairavi Jani, Executive Director, SCA Group of Companies Entrepreneurship has taken a leading role in fighting COVID-19. Collaboration and cooperation are proving to be key in this effort. We should take this opportunity to create harmony between individual […]

Western Balkans’ leaders meeting: EU reinforces support to address COVID-19 crisis and outlines proposal for post-pandemic recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is announcing over €3.3 billion of EU financial support mobilised jointly with the European Investment Bank to the benefit of the Western Balkans’ citizens. This package aims to address the immediate health and resulting humanitarian needs of the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Malaria could make a comeback thanks to COVID-19

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content COVID-19 disruption to anti-malaria programmes could cause deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa from malaria to double, warns the WHO. Progress in fighting malaria has stalled as mosquitos and parasites gain resistance to treatment. […]

COVID-19 Update: Amidst coronavirus bleeding, Trump’s administration is desperately looking for scapegoats

The third week of April has found 2.4 million people globally contracting COVID-19, while more than 160,000 have tragically lost their lives due to the pandemic. More than half of the fatalities are witnessed in Europe with around 100,000 deceased whereas the US has exceeded a total of 40,000 casualties. At the same time, China, […]

Prepare for a ‘new normal’ as lockdown restrictions ease: Monday’s COVID-19 WHO briefing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Linda Lacina, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum Lockdowns must be lifted strategically, and not all at once, said WHO officials at a briefing on 13 April 2020. Countries with lower numbers of cases can begin easing restrictions. Social […]

How cities around the world are handling COVID-19 – and why we need to measure their preparedness

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Principal, SecDev Group & Rebecca Katz. Co-Director, Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University More than half the world’s population lives in cities, hubs for transnational business and movement with the potential to amplify […]

These researchers want to use your computer in the search for a COVID-19 vaccine

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 The search is on for volunteers to donate computing power to fight coronavirus. A virtual supercomputer could speed up the search for a vaccine for COVID-19. Distributed computing projects draw on the […]

COVID-19: Commission presents guidelines for border measures to protect health and keep goods and essential services available

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission presented guidelines to Member States on health-related border management measures in the context of the COVID-19 emergency. The aim is to protect citizens’ health, ensure the right treatment of people who do have to travel, and make sure essential goods and […]

Empty stadiums and online streaming: how coronavirus is affecting the media industry

  This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.  Author: Stefan Hall, Project and Engagement Lead, Information and Entertainment System Initiative, World Economic Forum The global economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are already taking shape, as markets tumble and countries take emergency actions to respond. As […]

‘Over-reacting is better than non-reacting’ – academics around the world share thoughts on coronavirus

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ceri Parker, Commissioning Editor, Agenda, World Economic Forum & Jaci Eisenberg, Head of Academic Engagement, World Economic Forum The World Health Organization has labelled COVID-19 a pandemic. Academic experts recommend public health measures such as ‘social distancing’ to […]

A chemistry professor explains: why soap is so good at killing COVID-19

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 Soap is one of the most effective ways to get rid of COVID-19. It dissolves the fatty layer that coats coronaviruses. But you have to wash your hands properly. One of the […]

World Economic Forum launches COVID Action Platform to fight coronavirus

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Vanham, Head of Communications, Chairman’s Office, World Economic Forum The World Economic Forum on Wednesday announced the creation of the COVID Action Platform. The global platform, the first of its kind, aims to convene the business community […]

The EU’s Response to COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is working on all fronts to support efforts to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes ongoing coordination with Member States to share information, assess needs and ensure a coherent EU-wide response. The Commission is also funding research, offering support through the […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Busting the myth by looking at the facts

Finally, some good news about the new coronavirus pneumonia outbreak (COVID-19). According to Reuters, China’s National Health Commission reported a substantial drop of 77% in new coronavirus cases last week, as the number of new cases in China dropped last Wednesday to 394 from 1,749 on the previous day. According to CNN’s most recent report, […]