Taxation: Historic global agreement to ensure fairer taxation of multinational enterprises

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the historic global agreement endorsed by G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors today, which will bring fairness and stability to the international corporate tax framework. This unprecedented consensus will usher in a complete reform of the international corporate tax […]

COVID-19: EU helps deliver vaccines to Kosovo

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is helping Norway to deliver over 180,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Kosovo, following Kosovo’s request for assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Commission coordinates and finances up to 75% of the costs for transporting the assistance. Commissioner for […]

António Guterres: “We must step up global vaccination efforts”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The newly re-elected UN Secretary-General reiterated the need for a global vaccination plan for COVID-19, in a speech at the European Parliament on Thursday. In his second speech in Parliament as United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres said that the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed utterly […]

Vaccine inequality is a scandal that must be urgently addressed, says UN refugee boss

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom Senior Writer, Formative Content The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has attacked the “scandal” of vaccine inequality. In an interview for the World Economic Forum he also urged rich nations not to cut aid. Leaders need […]

COVID-19 vaccines have been around for half a year, what have we learned so far?

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 Signs are so far encouraging in terms protection, safety, and saving lives. More than 2 billion doses have been administered globally. However, many people may not receive a single […]

What are variants of concern, and are COVID-19 vaccines effective against them?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content The virus that causes COVID-19 is mutating constantly, and often these changes have little impact. But sometimes new variants present new threats. These can include being more transmissible or causing more severe symptoms. […]

Without enough vaccines, Brazil is heading for the third wave of COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Luísa Eugênio Farias, 22 years old, a second-year medical student at UNICESUMAR, in Maringá, Brazil and Ms. Esther Serman Castro e Silva, a third-year medical student at UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense), in Niterói, Brazil. They are affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), […]

5 ways data can help build trust in vaccines

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bob Goodson, President and Co-Founder, NetBase Quid The private sector has proven more agile that the public sector as organizations have struggled during the pandemic to keep up with change. The public sector can learn from strategies to […]

€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 […]

Equitable vaccine delivery will fuel better global health processes

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jonathan Jackson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dimagi & Vikram Kumar Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Dimagi With origins in Brazil, South Africa and Europe, the SARS-CoV-2 variants evade border control, immunity, monoclonal antibodies and some vaccines. Until […]

How to ensure vaccine equity, build trust and strength global health systems

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content The World Economic Forum held an Issue Briefing to mark World Immunization Week. Experts from around the globe discussed how can we ensure vaccine equity, build trust in COVID-19 vaccines and strengthen […]

Private sector can help accelerate an equitable COVID-19 vaccine rollout – here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Colin Godbarge, Principal, KOIS & Clara Marköö, Analyst, KOIS COVID-19 vaccinations bring hope to ending the pandemic but the global effort faces many challenges. Greater public-private sector collaboration is needed to ensure rapid and fair distribution. The private […]

The European Commission and Austria secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Western Balkans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and Austria are announcing today the conclusion of agreements for the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines for the Western Balkans. The 651,000 BioNTech/Pfizer doses are funded by the European Commission and will be shared with the facilitation of Austria. The first delivery […]

How long are COVID-19 vaccines effective?

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 Experts don’t know yet how long COVID-19 vaccines will be effective. Studies of two of the most prominent COVID-19 vaccines suggest they remain effective for at least six months. […]

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 […]

Ambassador Zhang Ming’s speech at the European Policy Centre: China’s balanced counterargument to EU’s critics?

China’s Ambassador to the EU Mr. Zhang Ming was interviewed yesterday through Zoom by Ms. Shada Islam at the European Policy Centre on a comprehensive interview on pretty much everything, from Xinjiang and Hong Kong to the 14th Five-Year Plan, Climate Change, CAI, Two Sessions, 17+1 and COVID-19 vaccination. On Xinjiang One day before the […]

Statement of the European Commission on the methodology used to determine the allocation of doses of vaccines under the Advance Purchase Agreements

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The allocation of doses of vaccines under the Advance Purchase Agreements has followed a transparent process. The Commission agrees with recent statements by several Member States that the most equitable solution for the allocation of doses of vaccines is on the basis of a […]

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 […]

Understanding the challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccine campaign

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Dr Shubham Mishra is working, a Junior Resident in the Department of Surgery at  Government Doon Medical College & Hospital, 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 […]

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 […]

Commission extends transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today extended until end of June the transparency and authorisation mechanism for COVID-19 vaccine exports. This follows persistent delays in some of the deliveries of vaccines to the EU. Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis said: “The first weeks […]

Vaccination campaigns and global cooperation: challenges to be overcome

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Patricia Dias Rabelo and Natiele Ilucenski Marques, two 3rd year medical students at Centro Universitário Ingá (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 […]

We need to talk about COVID-19 vaccine challenges – Misinformation and Distribution

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Lucas Queiroz, a third-year medical student at Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP), in São Paulo, Brazil. 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 […]

The challenges of the vaccination campaign in Brazil, including the state of Amazonas

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Juliana Mayra, a sixth-period medical student at Amazonas State University in Brazil, daughter of Luzamere de Araújo, native from Manaus, Amazonas. 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 […]

COVID-19 vaccination campaigns and their challenges

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. João Felipe Pissolito is a second-year medical student at the University Center Padre Albino (UNIFIPA), Catanduva, SP, Brazil. 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 […]

The challenges of vaccination against COVID-19 in Brazil

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Jhonatan Guilherme Fernandes and Ms. Jaquelini Fernanda Gomes dos Santos, two 3rd-year Medical Students from the Ingá University Center, Maringá – PR, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

From Trials to Vials: Ensuring an Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 vaccines

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Emily Conroy is a 4th year medical student at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. 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 […]

The historic challenge of vaccination in Brazil

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Daniela Lorenset, 27 years old and Mr. Jhonatan Guilherme Fernandes, 21 years old, two 3rd-year Medical Student from the Ingá University Center, Maringá – PR, Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed […]

MEPs urge EU countries to be transparent about their COVID-19 vaccine supplies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee calls for a fact-based approach to the EU vaccines rollout to avoid disinformation. In order to respond to European citizens’ growing concerns, data on the number of vaccine doses supplied and on the vaccination schedules for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Commission puts in place transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In an effort to ensure timely access to COVID-19 vaccines for all EU citizens and to tackle the current lack of transparency of vaccine exports outside the EU, the Commission has today put in place a measure requiring that such exports are subject to […]

COVID-19 vaccines: MEPs call for more clarity and transparency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Lack of transparency has recently fuelled uncertainty and disinformation regarding COVID-19 vaccination in Europe, say MEPs. On Tuesday, members of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety quizzed Sandra Gallina, the EU’s lead negotiator on COVID-19 vaccine contracts, on the latest developments […]