Health

Europe’s struggle against a global scourge

The fight against cancer is one of the main goals of the new European Commission’s health policy. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death globally, accounting for 1 in every 6 fatalities,...

Europe’s Green Deal timeline called into question

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Europe has a unique opportunity in the new year to set an innovative and clear strategy in terms of environmental policy and shape future developments. The European Commission's new president, Ursula von der Leyen,...

Medicine shortages is a top priority for healthcare distributors

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During its autumn meeting, the European Healthcare Distribution Association (GIRP) placed medicine shortages at the top of its policy priorities. Bernd Grabner, the President of GIRP, said while speaking on the sidelines of the conference...

Ebola vaccine authorised by EU Commission, approved by WHO

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In a landmark decision on 11 November, the European Commission granted a marketing authorisation to the company Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. for the Ervebo vaccine against Ebola. Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner in charge of Health and...

Germany to ban gay conversion therapy

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German health minister Jens Spahn has drafted legislation that would ban so-called “gay conversion” therapy for all under 18 youths Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) reports. Spahn is openly gay and is explicit about the desired political message...

Canada’s Trudeau wins minority government

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Canada's incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a closely fought election on 21 October and will now have to form a minority government after his Liberal party secured 157 seats in the 338-seat parliament. Trudeau...

UNICEF says at least 16 million children are malnourished in the Middle East and...

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More than 16 million children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition in the Middle East and North Africa, a trend that has stagnated or worsened since 2000, a new report by...

Dutch health minister compares dementia to AIDS epidemic

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Dutch health minister Hugo De Jonge likened the growth of neurological conditions linked to dementia the 1980s epidemic of HIV and Aids on Friday. During the World Dementia Council Summit in Tokyo, Japan, De Jonge...

FAO urges that reducing food loss and waste could help achieving the SDGs

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A reduction in food loss and waste at all stages of the food supply chain could contribute to the achievement of a number of Sustainable Development Goals related to food security and environmental sustainability,...

WHO warns of dramatic jump of measles cases in Eastern Europe

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The World Health Organization has warned of a "dramatic resurgence" in measles with over 90,000 cases in 48 countries over the first six months of 2019. The head of WHO's European Regional Verification Commission for...

Johnson & Johnson partially responsible for opioid crisis by US court

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Following a seven-week non-jury trial in Oklahoma, a judge on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $572.1 million for its responsibility in an opioid epidemic in the United States; the company is...

Global Fund for fight against AIDS gets €550M from EU

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European Council President Donald Tusk announced during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France that the EU will pledge €550 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude...

Juncker forced to return from summer holiday for immediate medical procedure

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Jean-Claude Juncker, the outgoing President of the European Commission, has had to cut his summer holiday in Austria short to undergo urgent surgery to remove his gall bladder in his home country of Luxembourg. Juncker,...

WHO declares Ebola a global emergency

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern.” According to the WHO, Ebola has spread in the city of Goma and...

US court cuts punitive damages Monsanto will pay to Roundup victims

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The US appeals court has reduced the punitive damages Monsanto has to pay victims of its Roundup weedkiller from $80 to $25,27 million. The US Supreme Court is obliged to retain punitive to compensatory damages...

Merkel’s health scare in Berlin during Ukrainian premier visit

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady and visibly shaken under the hot sun on Tuesday during a welcome ceremony on Tuesday for Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky. Merkel could be seen shaking outside the German...

Johnson & Johnson faces opioid crisis litigation

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Pharmaceuticals behemoth Johnson & Johnson is facing a multi-billion dollar lawsuit in the US state of Oklahoma with prosecutors making the case that the company has for years marketed opioid-based painkillers and downplayed the risk...

Trans-fats in food to be strictly limited in the EU from April 2021

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An EU-wide regulation will set a limit of 2 grams of processed trans fats per 100 grams of fat in food, according to the European Commission. The establishment of the new law aims to protect the health...

Czechs and Slovaks to hold checks in all Polish beef imports

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Czech veterinary inspectors have traced the deliveries of Salmonella-infected Polish beef that were shipped to the Czech Republic in recent weeks, according to a spokesman for the Czech Veterinary Authority reported. According to the Czech...

EU Parliament’s website criticised for poor accessibility

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The European Parliament's website has a lower accessibility rate than those of the EU's national parliament websites, according to the report "Democracy, Digital Accessibility and the European Union,” launched by the European Disability Forum. Despite its...

Commission considering cohesion policy after 2020 and cross-border medicine

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EU Commissioners Corina Creţu and Vytenis Andriukaitis met with health workers at a roundtable in Brussels and agreed to start a debate on future EU health investments under the bloc's cohesion policy for 2021-2027. The...

Council of Europe releases damning report on conditions in Greece’s migrant camps

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Europe's top human rights organisation issued a scathing criticism of Greece over the "unsuitable" living conditions in the country's overcrowded detention facilities for migrants. The Council said in its report that it received "credible" allegations of...

Brussels registers European citizens’ initiative on vaping regulation

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The European Commission decided on February 12 to register a European Citizens' Initiative that demanded better regulations on smoking e-cigarettes, commonly known as 'vaping'. According to the Commission, the objective of the initiative is to create legislation...

Cross-border access to health files becoming reality for European citizens

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The European Commission has published its recommendations for the standardisation of the process for access to citizens' health data across the  EU Member States. Access to health data across borders means that is that if a citizen has...

Commission confirms report of unsafe Polish meat being exported within EU

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The European Commission on February 1 confirmed a TV report from Poland that showed a Polish beef exporting company killing sick cows and selling the meat for human consumption. During its daily briefing in Brussels, the Commission said a...

European Medicines Agency leaves UK for Amsterdam ahead of Brexit

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The European Medicines Agency, one of the bloc’s biggest bodies, has become one of the first losses for the UK ahead of Brexit as the agency prepares to leave London for Amsterdam. “Today, EMA staff lowered...

EU closer to new rules for generic pharmaceutical exports

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New rules that will boost the export of generic medicines and biosimilar products to third countries got the stamp of approval from the EU's 28 ambassadors after they agreed to adopt the European Council's...

The revolution Europe needs

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The spontaneous street protests in Paris over the past month come almost exactly 50 years after the mass revolt of May 1968. But that is not to say the two events are comparable. Les événements...

Additional EU aid to be sent to Rohingyas

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In what could be construed as a course correction after years of taking a hands-off approach to the ethnic cleansing of Burma’s Muslim minority population, known as the Rohingyas, the European Commission announced on...

Uniting Africa for power

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African countries are increasingly coming together. A landmark free-trade agreement was concluded earlier this year. East Africa has made great progress on the free movement of people. And a commitment to a single market...

Health Commissioner urges Europeans to vaccinate children

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The European Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis slammed populist politicians that try to take advantage of the debate over vaccinations. According to Andruykaitis, the debate should not be based on “fake news and misleading theories”...

EU provides additional €90 million in humanitarian crisis assistance to Yemen

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Now entering its fourth year, the devastating conflict in Yemen shows no signs of ending in the near future which prompted the European Commission to provide an additional €90 million in humanitarian aid to the war-torn Arabian...

EU joins forces with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support health services in...

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In an effort to strengthen the EU diagnostic health services programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa,  the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute €54 million of support under the External Investment Plan, which will help...

EU commits €7.2 million to step up Ebola fight in DR Congo

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The European Commission has allocated € 7.2 million to strengthen its response to an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing the total amount of EU aid to the combat the...

How will Central and Eastern Europe respond to a far more impactful (mobility) transition?

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The transition to low emission mobility is key to achieving Europe’s energy and climate objectives and easily the most difficult. Whereas decarbonisation of sectors like agriculture and buildings are relatively straightforward with established financial...

EU-Russia boost consultations on drugs

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The European Union and Russia discussed in Brussels on September 19 respective drug policies, the drug situation in Russia and EU Member States, the Mission of Russia to the EU said. The problem of new...

Addressing the issue of the Central Mediterranean Route

Libya has been in turmoil ever since NATO’s Operation Unified Protector ended in 2011. Whilst it is widely agreed that a political solution is needed to bring stability to Libya, recent inter-militia clashes do...