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 […]

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 […]

Statement following the European Medicines Agency review of the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the European Medicines Agency’s safety committee’s review of the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca at its extraordinary meeting of 18 March 2021, Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, made the following statement: “Security and trust in vaccines is key for vaccinations. The priority […]

European Commission authorises fourth 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 Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and the fourth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive […]

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 […]

Commission supports Member States in tackling coronavirus hotspots with offer of four million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to be delivered this month

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has reached an agreement with BioNTech-Pfizer for the supply of four million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines for Member States in the next two weeks in order to tackle coronavirus hotspots and to facilitate free border movement. The President of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is a ‘vaccine passport’ and will you need one the next time you travel?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gayle Markovitz, Editor, World Economic Forum A “vaccine passport” or “e-vaccination certification of compliance for border crossing regulations” could be required to enable seamless border-crossing. Any framework that comes into place will need to be harmonized, when it […]

Questions & Answers on vaccine negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For months, the European Commission has been building a portfolio of several vaccines, based on different technologies, at a fair price. A common, diversified portfolio of vaccines maximises our chances of securing them at the scale needed and as quickly as possible. Choosing several […]

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 […]

Team Europe contributes €500 million to COVAX initiative to provide one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for low and middle income countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Fair and equitable access to a successful COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of income, for millions of people across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Pacific, and in Europe’s eastern and southern neighbourhood, has been enabled by €500 million of new European financial support for the global […]

Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with CureVac to ensure access to a potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission approved a fifth contract with the European pharmaceutical company CureVac, which provides for the initial purchase of 225 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States, plus an option to request up to a further 180 million doses, to […]

Coronavirus: the Commission approves third contract to ensure access to a potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission approved a third contract with a pharmaceutical company, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Once the vaccine has proven to be safe and effective against COVID-19, the contract allows Member States to purchase […]

Coronavirus Global Response: the Commission’s contribution to the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission confirmed its participation in the COVAX Facility for equitable access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines, following its expression of interest on 31 August and its announcement of a contribution of €400 million. In a joint effort between the European Commission and […]

Commission and EIB provide CureVac with a €75 million financing for vaccine development and expansion of manufacturing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Investment Bank and CureVac sign €75 million loan agreement for the development and large-scale production of vaccines, including CureVac’s vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2 The EIB loan will support CureVac’s activities to complete its new messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) production facility in Tübingen, Germany […]

Vaccine against Ebola: Commission grants new market authorisations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted the decision granting marketing authorisations to the company Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company, for a vaccine against Ebola. The authorisation was granted in one month, reducing the decision-making process timing in half, further demonstrating the Commission’s commitment in […]

The COVID-19 recovery can be the vaccine for climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: María Mendiluce, CEO, We Mean Business & Jose Siri, Senior Lead, Science, Cities, Urbanization, and Health, Our Planet, Our Health (OPOH), Wellcome Trust The positive environmental benefits of the pandemic have shown us what is possible. Our actions […]

Reasons to hope and reasons to keep perspective on a vaccine

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer, Moderna There are 123 SARS-CoV-2 vaccines under development and seven that have entered human trials. Any potential vaccines need to be manufactured to scale in this pandemic setting. We must assess the potential […]

What we know about the Wuhan coronavirus and urgent plans to develop a vaccine

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samantha Sault, Writer, Washington DC and Geneva The virus first appeared in a seafood market in Wuhan, China The virus is thought to have crossed to humans from bats Developing a vaccine is now a priority The spread […]

Celebrating Gaston Ramon – the vet who discovered vaccinology’s secret weapon

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Thomas Breuer, Chief Medical Officer, GSK Vaccines As the saying goes: “Not all heroes wear capes.” The history of vaccines is full of such heroes – from the generations of parents who have helped protect their children by getting […]

Europe had a record year for Measles – and it’s partly down to anti-vaccine campaigners

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Have you had your children vaccinated? It’s a question that might spark a strong “yes” or “no” in what’s become a highly charged debate. And while the majority of parents opt to go ahead, the World […]