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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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: EU helps to deliver vaccines to Moldova and medical items to Montenegro and North Macedonia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU is supporting Romania in delivering 50,400 doses of vaccines to Moldova in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This delivery follows Moldova’s request for vaccines through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Commission coordinates and finances up to 75 % of the costs […]

Coronavirus: new procedure to facilitate and speed up approval of adapted vaccines against COVID-19 variants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, as an immediate action under the HERA Incubator, the new European bio-defence preparedness plan against COVID-19 variants, the Commission is introducing a measure to speed up the authorisation of adapted COVID-19 vaccines. It will make provisions in the relevant EU legislation to allow […]

COVID-19 vaccines: MEPs quiz top officials on authorisation and contracts

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs quizzed the European Commission and European Medicines Agency on latest developments concerning the authorisation and purchase of COVID-19 vaccines. Emer Cooke, Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) updated Members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee […]

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 […]

COVID-19: latest on evaluation and authorisation of vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs will quiz EMA Executive Director Emer Cooke on the latest developments regarding the evaluation and authorisation of COVID-19 vaccines in the EU. On Tuesday, Emer Cooke, Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will update Members of the Environment, Public Health 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Challenges facing the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Shreya Datta, a first year medical student at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, 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 […]

The COVID-19 vaccine’s challenges

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Sarah Ibërshimi, a 4th year medical student, studying at ‘Universiteti i Mjekësisë Tiranë (UMT)’, in Albania. 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 […]

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 […]

Vaccination Campaigns and Fake News: a historic challenge

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Natiele Ilucenski Marques and Emanoelle Aparecida Palangani, 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 […]

COVID vaccination campaign. What are the challenges?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Minahil Iqbal, a 1st year medical student at Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, 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 […]