How does your immune system work?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Phil Cain, Writer, Formative Content Until a vaccine is available, our immune systems will need to adapt unaided to COVID-19. The immune system is the body’s multi-level defence network against potentially harmful bacteria, viruses and other organisms. A […]

COVID-19’s isolated world is the norm for people for disabilities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Caroline Casey, Founder, #valuable The 1.3 billion living with disabilities worldwide are no stranger to the kind of exclusion the coronavirus has forced on the rest of the population. • The shift in working practices proves that similar […]

On World Health Day, new report says the world needs 6 million more nurses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Josephine Moulds, Freelance journalist The world needs 6 million more nurses to achieve global health targets. Low and lower middle-income countries suffer the most acute nurse shortages. On World Health Day, WHO calls for investment in a massive […]

COVID-19: Stopping the rise in domestic violence during lockdown

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Women’s Rights committee Chair, Evelyn Regner, urges the EU and member states to increase support to victims of domestic violence during the COVID-19 crisis. Both globally and in some EU countries, it has been reported that cases of domestic violence rose by a third […]

World Health Day: Statement by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, on World Health Day, our thoughts are with everyone around the world affected by the unprecedented health crisis we are experiencing. Our thoughts are with those suffering, the family and friends of those we have lost and the many millions around the world […]

Remarks by Commissioner Lenarčič on the deployment of EU Medical Teams to Italy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In these challenging times, when the whole world is struggling with the novel coronavirus, I am particularly proud that today I can announce a team of European doctors and nurses from Romania and another one from Norway to (have been) be deployed to Italy. […]

How COVID-19 could open the door for driverless deliveries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tim Dawkins, Project Lead, Automotive and Autonomous Mobility, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 pandemic is putting pressure on deliveries and local logistics. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) could help alleviate the strain on existing delivery services while reducing the risk […]

State aid: Commission approves €790 million Croatian guarantee scheme for companies with export activities affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found a HRK 6 billion (approximately €790 million) Croatian liquidity guarantee scheme for companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by […]

In Bangladesh, COVID-19 threatens to cause a humanitarian crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC Bangladesh, BRAC Only 15% of Bangladeshi workers earn more than $6 a day. The economic shutdown sparked by COVID-19 threatens millions of livelihoods in the country imminently. But there are reasons for optimism, […]

How to Create a Clear Vision For the Future of Healthcare

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Dimitris Diakidis Smith, a Greek-American Stage 3 undergraduate medical student studying at University College Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland. 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 […]

How to look after someone with coronavirus

  Strict hygiene is crucial in looking after someone with coronavirus. Keep them apart from other members of the household. Inform your health service and call for emergency help if symptoms worsen. It’s the moment many people fear – someone in your household begins to show symptoms of coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends […]

COVID-19 Update: Solidarity and Joint Efforts Shall be the Main Theme For China and Europe in the Fight Against the Outbreak

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by a Chinese diplomat from the Department of Europe of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The opinions expressed within reflect the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. As the COVID-19 epidemic keeps spreading, Europe has become the epicenter of the global […]

Coronavirus: Commission and European Investment Fund (part of EIB Group) unlock €8 billion in finance for 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has unlocked €1 billion from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) that will serve as a guarantee to the European Investment Fund (EIF), part of the European Investment Bank Group. This will allow the EIF to issue special guarantees to […]

European Defence Fund: EU funds new joint research and industrial projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is opening calls for proposals to finance up to €160 million in joint defence industrial projects in 2020, and announcing seven new defence research projects selected for more than €23 million of funding under the 2019 budget. Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal […]

Coronavirus: Chinese aid to the EU delivered to Italy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU has put international cooperation at the forefront of its response to the Coronavirus. Following an agreement reached between President von der Leyen and Premier Li Keqiang last month, a donation of protective equipment from China to the European Union has now arrived […]

Supply chains have been upended. Here’s how to make them more resilient

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rebecca Liao, Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President, SKUChain & Ziyang Fan, Head of Digital Trade, World Economic Forum LLC Supply chain visibility is crucial to understanding the impact of disruption. Digitizing records will make supply chains more resilient to […]

Refugees in Greece: MEPs demand solidarity, warn about impact of health crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and its member states must help Greece manage its borders, according to Civil Liberties MEPs, who warn about the risk of COVID-19 spreading in refugee camps. MEPs stressed that the current pandemic is yet more evidence that no country can deal with […]

How our Europe will regain its strength: op-ed by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The last few weeks have turned our world upside down. It seems like a lifetime ago that we were going about our everyday business. But by now, some of you reading will have had symptoms, many of you will know someone who is sick […]

Problems Faced by Young Doctors and What We Can Do About Them

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Iqra Nawaz Abbasi, a second year student of MBBS at Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, Pakistan. 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 […]

COVID-19 sparked an economic crisis ‘like no other’ – but these measures can help now: WHO, IMF

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 The World Health Organization held a media briefing to update the public on the COVID-19 outbreak. Streamed live at 18.30 CET on Friday, 3 April. Guest Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of […]

What’s a logarithmic graph and how does it help explain the spread of 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 Exponential lines showing increases in COVID-19 cases might not always show the full story. While the raw numbers don’t change, the way they are represented can affect perceptions. Logarithmic scale charts can […]

Coronavirus: Commission waives customs duties and VAT on the import of medical equipment from non-EU countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today decided to approve requests from Member States and the UK to temporarily waive customs duties and VAT on the import of medical devices, and protective equipment, from third countries in order to help in the fight against coronavirus. This will […]

How to survive the COVID-19 lockdown with a newborn baby

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stéphanie Thomson, Writer, The 10-mile trip from our home in Brooklyn to our daughter’s ophthalmologist on the Upper East Side normally takes 90 minutes by car. Two weeks ago, it took us less than half that, as we […]

Why a coronavirus vaccine takes over a year to produce – and why that is incredibly fast

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Elissa Prichep, Project Lead Precision Medicine, World Economic Forum The international community is working together like never before to produce a coronavirus vaccine. If a vaccine is developed in the timeline predicted, then people will have a preventative […]

Stakeholder capitalism is urgently needed – and the COVID-19 crisis shows us why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christopher Alessi, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum The coronavirus crisis offers an opportunity to reshape our economies and implement stakeholder capitalism. The Forum endorses six Stakeholder Principles for the COVID era. Governments have the “upper hand” and can […]

State aid: Commission approves €200 million Danish loan in support of the Travel Guarantee Fund for travel cancellations due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found a Danish State loan facility of up to DKK 1.5 billion (approx. €200 million) in support of the Travel Guarantee Fund (“Rejsegarantifonden”) to be in line with EU State aid rules. The loan was approved under the State aid […]

COVID-19: Budget MEPs call for quick progress on post-2020 contingency plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Considering the health crisis and consequent delays to finding a timely agreement on the new long-term EU budget, Budget MEPs reiterate their call for an urgent 2021 contingency plan. While work on establishing the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 must go on, and […]

A shipping industry leader explains how to keep supply chains moving amid a pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Clara Young, Writer Confinement and border closings have caused major challenges for global shipping logistics. Jim Snabe, chairman of the world’s biggest shipping line, AP Møller – Mærsk A/S, says “we can keep supply chains going.” In light […]

A better answer to the ventilator shortage as the pandemic rages on

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Torbjørn Netland, Chair of production and operations management, ETH Zurich Last year, 77,000 new ventilators were enough to meet the market demand of the entire planet. In April, New York City alone forecasts a need for 30,000 additional […]

The community and a decent working conditions for the young health workforce

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Oluwakamisi Ayomide Adebisi, a 4th-year medical student at Ekiti state university college of medicine, Nigeria. 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 […]

Fact-checking Day: Fighting the virus of disinformation on Covid-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to fake news and disinformation spreading, which hamper efforts to contain the pandemic. Today 2 April, on International Fact-checking Day, Parliament is contributing to raising awareness of the dangers of disinformation, not only for citizens’ health, but […]

Refugees in Greece: MEPs demand solidarity, warn about impact of health crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and its member states must help Greece manage its borders, according to Civil Liberties MEPs, who warn about the risk of COVID-19 spreading in refugee camps. MEPs stressed that the current pandemic is yet more evidence that no country can deal with […]

Coronavirus: the Commission mobilises all of its resources to protect lives and livelihoods

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Saving lives and supporting livelihoods in these times of acute crisis is paramount. The Commission is further increasing its response by proposing to set up a €100 billion solidarity instrument to help workers keep their incomes and help businesses stay afloat, called SURE. It […]