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Month: March 2020

EU Health Security Committee Summary report

Audio meeting on the outbreak of COVID-19 Chair: Wolfgang Philipp, SANTE C3Luxembourg March 30th, 2020Audio participants: AT, BE, BG, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, EL, FR, HR, HU, IE, IT, NL, LU, PL, PT, SE, SI, SK, NO, CH, UK, DG ECHO, DG RTD, DG CNECT, EMA, ECDC, WHO Rapid risk assessment ECDC presented the […]

SEAT is making automated ventilators to support the fight against COVID-19

The famous Martorell facility that produces the new SEAT Leon has been transformed to manufacture automated ventilators for local healthcare authorities to help battle the global pandemic, COVID-19. “The motivation of everyone participating in this project is that with our know-how we can mass-produce equipment that will save lives”, explains Nicolás Mora from the Production […]

State aid: Commission approves €1.2 billion French “Fonds de solidarité” scheme

….for small enterprises in temporary financial difficulties due to coronavirus outbreak The European Commission has found France’s €1.2 billion scheme to support small and micro-enterprises as well as self-employed people affected by the economic repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme, called “Fonds de solidarité”, was […]

State aid: Commission approves €130 million Danish guarantee scheme for SMEs with export activities affected by coronavirus

The European Commission has found a DKK 1 billion (approximately €130 million) Danish liquidity guarantee scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme, which will be accessible to SMEs with a certain amount of export activities, was approved under the […]

Automobili Lamborghini starts production of surgical masks and medical shields for use in Coronavirus pandemic

Automobili Lamborghini is converting departments of its super sports car production plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese in order to produce surgical masks and protective plexiglass shields. The masks will be donated to the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna to be used in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Work on this solidarity initiative will be carried out […]

YOPESO Global Emergency Platform for Medical Supplies

While we all keep struggling to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, today, I would like to share with you a new initiative from a GBO member, David Rodríguez, from Berlin. His company, YOPESO, has developed a Global Emergency Platform aimed to help tackle the scarcity of medical devices worldwide. Please find below more details about the […]

Air Liquide, Groupe PSA, Schneider Electric, Valeo rise to the challenge of producing 10,000 Air Liquide Medical Systems respirators

…in response to the French government request Faced with the compelling need for more respirators on its national territory, the French government has asked, on March 22, a group of French industrial companies led by Air Liquide to study the possibility of increasing the production of respirators so as to provide 10,000 respirators in 50 […]

COVID-19: Visualizing regional indicators for better decision making

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the globe, it is fast becoming clear that no one is exempt from its disruptive effects. IIASA researchers are working to visualize key demographic and socioeconomic information to help inform decisions by health professionals, governments, and policymakers to address the crisis. Since first recorded in China towards the end […]

IMF Europe Economy Coronavirus

Europe is headed in to a significant economic downturn of up to -3% per month due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Poul Thomsen, Director of the European Department at the IMF, said Monday (March 30) in Washington, DC. “The recession is going to be bad. We don’t know how bad, but it will be bad. Look, […]

Mercedes-Benz offers support with the production of medical equipment

Mercedes-Benz is ready: The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone. Especially in times like these, it is important for Mercedes-Benz to meet its social responsibilities. The Group has therefore offered its support with the production of medical equipment. With the aid of 3D printers, individual components can be produced that are urgently needed in medical technology […]

EU Commission launches “COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System”

On 24 March, the European Commission launched the “COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System” with the aim to support clinicians in hospitals that are currently facing the coronavirus emergency all over Europe. Based on the experience with the European Reference Networks, the initiative will help to create rapid connections across Europe among the hospitals indicated by […]

Coronavirus: EU Commission bid to ensure supply of personal protective equipment for the EU proves successful

The joint procurement of personal protective equipment launched by the European Commission to address the coronavirus crisis has proven successful. Producers made offers covering and in some cases even exceeding the quantities requested by the Member States that take part in the procurement, for every single item requested. The joint procurement covers masks type 2 […]

Coronavirus Action: EU funding, investment, airline help

Rushing to aid Europeans and their economy, the EPP Group, the largest force in Parliament, calls for EU-wide solidarity and has approved measures to counter the impact of the coronavirus. The EPP Group voted for 37 billion euros in aid and investment through the European Solidarity Fund and the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative. It also […]

UNCTAD – Impact of the Coronavirus Outbreak on Global FDI

HIGHLIGHTS • The outbreak and spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) will negatively affect global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows. With scenarios of the spread of the epidemic ranging from short-term stabilization to continuation throughout the year, the downward pressure on FDI will be -5% to -15% (compared to previous forecasts projecting marginal growth in the FDI […]

Coronavirus: harmonised standards for medical devices to respond to urgent needs

Yesterday, the Commission adopted decisions on harmonised standards which will allow manufacturers to place on the market high performing devices to protect patients, health care professionals and citizens in general. The standards will facilitate a faster and less expensive conformity assessment procedure. The revised harmonised standards play a pivotal role in the current coronavirus pandemic […]

Commission approves €20 billion Spanish guarantee schemes for companies and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has found two Spanish guarantee schemes for companies and self-employed workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The schemes, with a total budget of approximately €20 billion, were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the […]

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU via green lanes

Today, the Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic. To ensure that EU-wide supply chains continue to operate, Member States are requested to designate, without delay, all the relevant internal border-crossing points on the trans-European […]

Stratasys and its partners are producing several thousand face shields with 3D-printed plastic frames

Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) has announced a global mobilization of the company’s 3D printing resources and expertise to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, spanning its Stratasys, GrabCAD, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and partner network with donated printing capacity across all regions. The initial focus is on providing thousands of disposable face shields for use by medical […]

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