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 […]