Coronavirus: 70% of the EU adult population fully vaccinated

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU has reached a crucial milestone with 70% of the adult population now fully vaccinated. In total, over 256 million adults in the EU have now received a full vaccine course. Seven weeks ago already, the Commission’s delivery target was met, ahead […]

Vaccines can win the race against COVID-19 variants. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stoffels, M.D., Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 variants threaten to undermine global vaccine programmes unless we accelerate the pace of delivery. Just over 1% of people in low-income countries […]

EU strengthens support to speed up vaccination in the Eastern Partnership region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As part of the European Union’s efforts to support vaccination in partner countries, the Commission today increased from €40 million to €75 million its assistance package to deploy safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and speed up the vaccination campaigns in the six Eastern Partnership […]

Coronavirus: Commission approves new contract for a potential COVID-19 vaccine with Novavax

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has approved its seventh Advanced Purchase Agreement (APA) with a pharmaceutical company to ensure access to a potential vaccine against COVID-19 in Q4 of 2021 and in 2022. Under this contract, Member States will be able to purchase up to […]

Accelerating vaccine rollouts to reach everyone

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rich Bryson, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer , reach52 To date, global COVID-19 vaccination rollouts have been unequal and, particularly in low-income or rural regions, slow and inefficient. New public-private partnerships in many countries are trying to address […]

Belgian Court orders AstraZeneca to deliver vaccine doses to the EU – Questions and Answers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Why did the European Commission start this Court proceeding and what did it intend to obtain? The company announced in January that it would not be in a position to deliver the number of doses laid down in the contract. The Commission and the […]

€1 billion Team Europe initiative on manufacturing and access to vaccines, medicines and health technologies in Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced today at the G20 Global Health Summit in Rome a Team Europe initiative on manufacturing and access to vaccines, medicines and health technologies in Africa. The initiative will help create an enabling environment for local vaccines […]

COVID-19: faster authorisation for vaccines adapted to variants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs will discuss and greenlight a new procedure to facilitate and accelerate the EU-wide approval of vaccines adapted to COVID-19 variants. On Thursday, Members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee will hold an exchange of views on a Commission delegated […]

COVID-19 vaccine development is more global than you might think

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 Dozens of COVID-19 vaccine candidates are in clinical development in a wide range of countries. They could help address a glaring global gap between vaccine haves and have-nots. Cuba […]

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 […]

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 […]

COVID-19 vaccine campaigns: how far are the anti-vaccine movements going online? How can pro-vaxxers be part of their change?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Victoria Aguiar, a second-year medical student at the Municipal University of Sao Caetano do Sul, Bela Vista campus in Sao Paulo, SP – Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this […]

Vaccination: understanding the challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Varnika Bhadoriya, a second year medical student currently studying at Baroda Medical College, 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 and do not necessarily […]

Hurdles of the COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Urvashi Kumar, an undergraduate medical student in Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital, India who aspires to become a surgeon. 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 […]

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 […]

Vaccination: understanding the challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Shubham Gupta, a medical student from D.Y Patil Medical College, Kolhapur, Maharashtra , 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 […]

To take or not to take – The Indian vaccination dilemma

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Purva Shah and Ms. Rajvi Chaudhary, two intern doctors at Baroda Medical College and SSG Hospital, India. 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 and […]

Challenges that surround the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mahek Majid Rather, a medical student from 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 not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, […]

The Unspoken COVID-19 Vaccine Challenges — Distribution and Corruption

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mbaama Millicent Marian, a Ghanaian who lives and schools medicine in Ukraine. She is currently in her 3rd year at Sumy State University.. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

Difficulties of vaccination against COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Maria Luisa Colpini Meurer and Mr. Mateus Henrique Aderaldo Amichi two 3rd year medical students of UNINGÁ, 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 […]

Vaccination: understanding the challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Khushi Lohiya, 2nd year medical student of NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and research centre. 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 […]

Approaching the challenges of COVID-19 vaccination

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Juwairiah Abdur Raheem, a 3rd year medical student from 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 and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on […]

A Treacherous Road to Recovery: The Challenges of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jainil Devani, a first year Medical Student at GMERS Gotri Medical College, Vadodara, India. He is a member of the MSAI (Medical Students Association of India), under IFMSA.. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The […]

Understanding the challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Chokkavarapu renuka Charan is a third year medical student of the Kaloji Narayan Rao University Of Health Sciences , Maheshwara Medical College and Hospital, India. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

The COVID-19 disinformation divide: understanding vaccine attitudes

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yannis Kotziagkiaouridis, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Edelman Data & Intelligence (DxI) & Anjuli Bedi, Global Head of Behavioral Science and Psychometrics, Edelman Data & Intelligence (DxI) Scientists have developed COVID-19 vaccines so rapidly it has exacerbated existing […]

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 […]

A vaccination race between nations can have no winners

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) The COVAX Facility is a global collaboration to ensure fair allocation of COVID-19 vaccines to all countries, including the poorest countries. However, “vaccine nationalism” threatens to undermine equitable […]

Vaccination challenges for middle and low-income countries

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Angelo Moreno, a 20-year-old medical student from Ecuador studying at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. 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 […]

Commission statement on the vaccine export authorisation scheme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To tackle the current lack of transparency of vaccine exports outside the EU, the Commission is putting in place a measure requiring that such exports are subject to an authorisation by Member States. In the process of finalisation of this measure, the Commission will […]

COVID-19: from the chaos of the pandemic to the difficulties in vaccination

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Amanda Thalita de Oliveira Azevedo, a third year medical student and joined IFMSA Brasil in 2021 as Local Director for Human Rights and Peace. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this […]

European Commission authorises second safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Moderna, the second COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and quality […]

Vaccine nationalism – and how it could affect us all

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 The richest nations have secured billions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines, while developing economies struggle to access supplies. Vaccine nationalism – where countries push to get first access – could slow the […]

Is the world up to the challenge of mass COVID-19 vaccination?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Margi Van Gogh, Head of Supply Chain and Transport, World Economic Forum & Ludwig Hausmann, Partner, McKinsey & Company & Christoph Wolff, Head of Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum & Detlev Mohr, Senior Partner, McKinsey […]