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EU regulator opens review into CureVac’s COVID shot

The European Union’s medicines regulator said Friday it had started a “rolling review” of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by German firm CureVac, the first step towards a possible authorisation in the bloc. “Preliminary results from laboratory studies and early clinical studies in adults… suggest the vaccine triggers the production of antibodies and immune cells that

With China’s help, Serbia overtakes EU in vaccine rollout

Inside the dome of Belgrade’s concrete fair hall, dozens of nurses in hazmat suits inject COVID-19 shots into young and old alike, working with an efficiency that has turned Serbia into continental Europe’s fastest vaccinator. The small Balkan country has inoculated more than 450,000 of its population of seven million in almost two weeks, a

EU demands that vaccine makers honor their commitments

The European Union on Tuesday warned pharmaceutical giants that develop coronavirus vaccines to honor their contractual obligations after slow deliveries of shots from two companies hampered the bloc’s vaunted vaccine rollout in several nations. The bloc already lashed out Monday at pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, accusing it of failing to guarantee the delivery of coronavirus vaccines

Covid deaths at record high as EU approves second vaccine

The European Union’s medicines watchdog on Wednesday approved a second coronavirus vaccine, in a relief to struggling European countries as the world reached a grim new record of 15,700 deaths in 24 hours. The Moderna vaccine is now set to join Pfizer-BioNTech’s jab for use in the 27-nation EU, where governments are grappling with soaring

More EU nations ban travel from UK, fearing virus variant

A growing list of European Union nations and Canada barred travel from the U.K. on Sunday and others were considering similar action, in a bid to block a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England from spreading to the continent. France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Ireland and Bulgaria all announced restrictions on

EU signing Pfizer contract ‘soon’ for 300-million doses

The European Union said Monday that it was very close to signing a contract with drugs firms Pfizer and BioNTech for 300 million doses of a future new coronavirus vaccine. “European science works!” declared Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, congratulating the US and German companies after they claimed a breakthrough.

Spain becomes first EU nation with one million virus cases

Spain has become the first European Union nation to surpass a million coronavirus infections, official data showed Wednesday, as the government mulls fresh restrictions on public life to curb the spread of the disease. The country recorded 16,973 confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, the health ministry announced Wednesday, taking the total

EU countries adopt common travel guidelines amid pandemic

European Union countries on Tuesday approved a series of guidelines aimed at facilitating free movement across the bloc and avoiding further disruption during the coronavirus pandemic. During a meeting in Luxembourg, envoys for the 27 member states agreed on a common approach to travel restrictions and testing to help citizens and workers get more clarity

EU sees ‘moderate to high’ risk of more virus clusters

EU health officials foresee a “moderate to high” risk of more new coronavirus clusters of the type happening in northern Italy, they said in a statement after a meeting Monday. The warning, by the bloc’s Health Security Committee, echoed one by the World Health Organization which said countries around the planet should prepare for a

Romania seeks EU funds to deal with African swine fever

Romania’s prime minister has requested financial help from the European Union to deal with the financial effects of a serious outbreak of African swine fever. Premier Viorica Dancila made the request Thursday to the EU’s agriculture commissioner, Phil Hogan, explaining that Romania needs the money “to reduce the unfortunate impact” the disease has had on

Drug-resistance of gonorrhea in the EU: persistent but stable

Neisseria gonorrhoea continues to show high levels of resistance to azithromycin across the European Union and European Economic Area, according to the 2016 results of the European Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Programme (Euro-GASP). This threatens the effectiveness of the currently recommended dual therapy regimen for gonorrhoea. Overall, the rates of resistance to cefixime, ceftriaxone and azithromycin