Countries must rethink tariffs on bio-manufacturing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Thaddeus Burns, Head of Life Science Government & Public Affairs, Merck & Jennifer Brant, CEO and Founder, Innovation Insights COVID-19 has shown the global manufacturing capacity for vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics is insufficient to support an effective pandemic […]

Digital Green Certificate: MEPs seek clarifications regarding the travel facilitation tool

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Tuesday, MEPs quizzed Commissioner Reynders on the recently proposed Digital Green Certificate and discussed data protection aspects with the EDPS. In the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday, Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders underscored the proposal’s aim to facilitate free movement and non-discrimination of […]

Palliative Care In Universal Health Care: A Right or A Privilege?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Hind E.S Elobied, a medical student of the third period at Alzaiem Alazhari university, Khartoum-Sudan. 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 […]

Coronavirus: Team Europe continues to deliver with more than €26 billion disbursed in support to partner countries in one year

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. One year ago today, the European Commission and the High Representative set out plans for a targeted EU response to support partner countries’ efforts in tackling the Coronavirus pandemic combining resources from the EU, its Member States and European financial institutions, as ‘Team Europe’. […]

These 3 start-ups are bringing cutting-edge tech to forest restoration

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 world loses about 15 billion trees a year. The UpLink Trillion Trees Challenge called for solutions to the loss of forests, which are critical to the health of the planet. Artificial […]

Medical Studies During COVID-19: How the Pandemic Affects this Generation of Doctors-to-be

This article was written by one of our passionate readers, Ms. Gabriela Soares Amaral, a Brazilian, 23 years old, third year medical student in Würzburg, Germany. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. Every medical student had its own path before reaching medical school, […]

Commission welcomes entry into force of EU4Health programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the entry into force of the EU4Health programme today. This follows the Council adoption on 17 March and the vote on the programme by the European Parliament on 9 March. It marks the final step towards making €5.1 billion available to strengthen […]

COVID-19: EU helps to deliver vaccines to Moldova and medical items to Montenegro and North Macedonia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU is supporting Romania in delivering 50,400 doses of vaccines to Moldova in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This delivery follows Moldova’s request for vaccines through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Commission coordinates and finances up to 75 % of the costs […]

COVID-19 vaccines: MEPs quiz top officials on authorisation and contracts

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs quizzed the European Commission and European Medicines Agency on latest developments concerning the authorisation and purchase of COVID-19 vaccines. Emer Cooke, Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) updated Members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee […]

Understanding the Challenges Surrounding COVID-19 Vaccination Campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Vishwajit G.V, a first year medical student in Coimbatore Medical College, Tamil Nadu, India. 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 […]

Ageing: Looming crisis or booming opportunity?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Arathi Sethumadhavan, Project Fellow, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum, Microsoft & Megan Saunders, Vice President, Microsoft Connected Care There will be a shift in the global ageing population from 7% today to 20% in the […]

Commission’s new consumer survey shows impact of COVID-19 and popularity of ‘greener’ choices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission released key data on the behaviour of consumers in 2020. The results of a survey, conducted at the end of 2020, illustrate the impact the COVID-19 crisis had on consumption patterns, with consumers shopping closer to home or supporting local businesses. […]

Challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccination in Japan: Fraught history and current vaccine hesitancy

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Tai Nguyen Van, a forth-year medical student at the International University of Health and Welfare, Japan. 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 […]

How can we safeguard and improve the future of global health?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the underlying fragilities of healthcare systems around the world. The Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience – a joint initiative between the World Economic Forum, […]

Parliament declares the European Union an ‘‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In response to the backsliding of LGBTIQ rights in some EU countries, notably Poland and Hungary, MEPs declared the EU an “LGBTIQ Freedom Zone” on Thursday. Two years after the first Polish local authority declared itself an ‘‘LGBTIQ-free zone’’, Parliament declared the EU to […]

We want to hear about Europe our citizens are dreaming of, says von der Leyen about the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “We want people to take the lead on issues that matter to them and affect their everyday lives. We want to hear about Europe our citizens are dreaming of,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, at the signing ceremony of […]

Challenges facing the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Shreya Datta, a first year medical student at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, 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 […]

These 3 World Heritage marine sites store billions of tonnes of CO2

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 50 marine protected World Heritage sites across 37 nations capture and store an estimated 5 billion tonnes of carbon, according to a UNESCO report. Three sites in Australia – the Great Barrier […]

EU adopts €130 million support package for Syrian refugees and local communities in Jordan and Lebanon

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, the European Union, via the Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis, adopted a €130 million assistance package to support Syrian refugees and local communities in Jordan and Lebanon in key areas such as social protection, healthcare services or waste management. […]

Forced Vaccination in COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethically Justified Intervention or Draconian Measure?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Dr. Muhammad Rizky Nur Karim is a medical doctor from Padjadjaran University, Indonesia. 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 […]

The US needs partners to tackle the security risks of climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joshua Busby, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin & Morgan Bazilian, Director, Payne Institute for Public Policy and Professor of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines & Florian Krampe, Programme Director, Stockholm International […]

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 […]

New EU project to support readiness for vaccination efforts and resilient health systems in the Western Balkans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a new regional project worth over €7 million to support safe and effective vaccination of the populations across the Western Balkans. This project will help prepare the region for the effective […]

Black historical figures who shook the world, from a warrior queen to a Mexican president

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joseph Losavio, Community Specialist, Infrastructure and Development Initiatives, World Economic Forum February marks Black History Month in the United States and Canada, a time to reflect on the ways Black people have contributed to society. But the contributions […]

COVID-19 vaccination: MEPs call for EU and global solidarity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU must continue its concerted efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and take urgent measures to ramp up vaccines production to meet citizens’ expectations, MEPs say. In the plenary debate on Wednesday with the Portuguese Presidency and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, […]

Commission welcomes European Parliament’s approval of Recovery and Resilience Facility

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament’s vote today, confirming the political agreement reached on the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) Regulation in December 2020. This marks an important step towards making €672.5 billion in loans and grants available to Member States to support […]

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 […]

This chart shows how global debt comes in waves – and, right now, we’re in the middle of the biggest one yet

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 Since 1970, three debt waves have ended in financial crises for emerging and developing economies, according to the World Bank. The fourth and current debt wave started in 2010 and was of […]

Knowledge is power: why the future is not just about the tech

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Lin, Chief Product & Technology Officer , Lynk Global If we are to rely on machine intelligence, we need to understand the two types of knowledge. Understanding knowledge means we can distinguish where we want machines to […]

How 2020 taught businesses to place empathy before profit

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Inam ur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer, Dawood Hercules The pandemic has made organizations realize they must better understand employees’ experiences and needs. Emotionally intelligent leaders connect naturally with their workforce. Spaces created for connection with employees can transform […]

MEPs: Access to adequate housing should be a fundamental European right

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call on the EU to recognise access to decent and affordable housing as an enforceable human right and to push for measures to eradicate homelessness. The resolution – adopted by352 votes in favour, 179 against and 152 abstentions on Thursday – states that […]

Human rights and COVID-19: MEPs denounce measures taken by authoritarian regimes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is deeply concerned that many authoritarian regimes around the world have used the pandemic to repress civil society and critical voices. In their annual report assessing the human rights situation in the world, adopted on Wednesday, MEPs highlight that several authoritarian regimes have […]

Climate change will be sudden and cataclysmic. We need to act fast

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Giger, Group Chief Risk Officer, Zurich Insurance Group The World Economic Forum COVID Action Platform Learn more Most Popular Vaccines may soon allow international travel to take off again. But will it ever return to normal?Joseph M. […]