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 […]

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 […]

COVID-19: What to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 3 April

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 In this round-up, find coronavirus news updates, tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. Top stories: Worldwide confirmed cases reach 1,000,000; how supply chains keep moving through the […]

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 […]

Questions and answers: Commission proposes SURE, a new temporary instrument worth up to €100 billion to help protect jobs and people in work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. What is SURE and why is the Commission proposing it? The new instrument for temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE) is designed to help protect jobs and workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It will provide financial assistance, in the […]

Statement by Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, on the announcement to postpone the COP26

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. We take note of today’s announcement by the UK Presidency that the COP26 will be postponed amid efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, and that the Presidency will now consult on the most appropriate date to reschedule it. On behalf of the European Commission, […]

How COVID-19 compares to seasonal flu, and why you should take it seriously

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Darren Thackeray, Writer, Formative Content The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11. Since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected more than 870,000 worldwide and killed more than 43,000. […]

COVID-19: What the evidence so far means for containment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Junaid Nabi, Public Health Researcher, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Senior Fellow at The Aspen Institute Imperial College of London’s report on the impact of an uncontrolled pandemic prompted an immediate change in UK government strategy; Two major approaches […]

Emergency coronavirus research: Commission selects 18th project to develop rapid diagnostics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has decided to fund another project as part of its emergency call for urgently needed research and innovation into the coronavirus. This means it will support 18 projects with a total of €48.5 million from Horizon 2020, the EU research and […]

‘Deeply concerned.’ WHO officials stress the need for continued vigilance – 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 The World Health Organization held a media briefing to update the public on the COVID-19 outbreak. Streamed live at 18:30 CET on Wednesday, 1 April. Officials called for unity, resolve and […]

“Decent working conditions for the young health workforce: what are the challenges and can we find solutions?”

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. José Ganicho, a 5th-year medical student from the Beira Interior University, Member of the Medical Students Association from Portugal. 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 […]

Oil prices could remain depressed for at least a year. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Roland O. Rechtsteiner, Partner, Global Energy Practice, Oliver Wyman Both the coronavirus pandemic and a Russia/Saudi Arabia price war have sent oil prices plummeting. Oil supply and demand might not become rebalanced until well after the virus is […]

This research can help organizations plan for different COVID-19 scenarios

  This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.  Author: Barrie Wilkinson, Partner, Digital Practice, Oliver Wyman & Helen Leis, Partner, Health and Life Sciences, Oliver Wyman We can now evaluate efforts to contain COVID-19 around the world thanks to the amounts of data being generated. […]

How digital infrastructure can help us through the COVID-19 crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sridhar Gadhi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Quantela Our digital infrastructure needs strengthening to deal with the impact of COVID-19 and future public health crises; Better integration of Artificial Intelligence in to the public health response should be […]

6 things to know about coronavirus today, 1 April

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 In this round-up, find coronavirus news updates, tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. Top stories: fighting coronavirus and unemployment simultaneously, how China’s economy gives the world a […]

State aid: Commission approves French scheme deferring payment by airlines of certain taxes to mitigate economic impact of coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found a French scheme deferring the payment by airlines of certain aeronautical taxes to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme aims at compensating airlines for part of the damage suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak, by […]

Doctors and nurses around the world are calling in sick

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Brandon , Freelance journalist One in four doctors in the UK is either ill or self-isolating. A similar picture is emerging in countries round the world. Medical professionals are raising concerns over the lack of protective equipment […]

Decent working conditions for the young health workforce: what are the challenges and can we find solutions?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Francis Oluchukwu Francis, currently a 5th year Medical student in Ambrose Alli University, Edo State, 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 […]

During the coronavirus pandemic, we must fight for LGBTQ rights more than ever

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Corinna Lathan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AnthroTronix (ATinc) After years of struggling to find her voice, my transgender daughter was finally hitting her stride. Spring lacrosse and field hockey seasons were about to start; she was accepted […]

EU approves close to €240 million to strengthen resilience in neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees in light of the coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is strengthening its support for refugees from Syria and vulnerable persons in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon through a new package of almost €240 million, raising the total assistance via the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis to […]

Why do multinationals pay women less in developing countries?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Niccolò Pisani, Assistant Professor of International Management, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Ans Kolk, Professor, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Khadija van der Straaten, Lecturer, Rotterdam Business School • The gender wage gap remains at the […]

How COVID-19 might help us win the fight against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Crawford, Project Lead, Environmental Resilience, World Economic Forum As the world recovers from COVID-19, we must not let short-term fixes prevent us from addressing longer-term risks like climate change. The response to the pandemic illustrates five actions […]

The job description for a COVID-19 community health worker – and how this could fight US unemployment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Raj Panjabi, Chief Executive Officer, Last Mile Health Coronavirus could drive unemployment up to 20%. Underfunded public healthcare systems are overwhelmed. Community health workers could be trained to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. There are more […]

Statement by the European Commission following the first meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union and the United Kingdom held their first Joint Committee meeting on the implementation and application of the Withdrawal Agreement, by means of teleconference. The Joint Committee is co-chaired by European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and the UK Chancellor of the […]

Youth and Decent Work: A Review of Today’s Facts, Challenges and Possible Solutions

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Utku Timurçin, a 4th year medical student and a public health advocate, Member of Turkish Medical Students Associations’. 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 […]