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Category: COVID-19

Coronavirus: EU Commission lists key steps for effective vaccination strategies and vaccines deployment

As Europe learns to live with the pandemic, the development and swift global deployment of safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 remains an essential element in the eventual solution to the public health crisis. In this context, the Commission is working to ensure that there will be access to safe vaccines across Europe, and encourages […]

Pfizer and BioNTech Announce New England Journal of Medicine Publication of Phase 1 Data on Lead mRNA Vaccine Candidate BNT162b2 Against COVID-19

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) today announced that preliminary, peer-reviewed data from the Phase 1 portion of their ongoing U.S. study of BNT162b2 were published online in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).   BNT162b2, which has advanced into a global Phase 3 study, is part of the companies’ mRNA-based […]

New Clinical Trial for a COVID-19 Vaccine Authorised in Germany

The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines has authorised another Phase-1 clinical trial of a vaccine against COVID-19 in Germany. The new vaccine candidate is a so-called vector vaccine. Trials on vaccine candidates in humans are a significant step in the direction of authorising safe and efficacious vaccines against COVID-19. This new vaccine is […]

BioNTech and Pfizer Announce Nature Publication of German Phase 1/2 Study Data from mRNA-based Vaccine Candidate BNT162b1 Against SARS-CoV-2

BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) today announced that preliminary, peer-reviewed data from their ongoing German Phase 1/2 Study of BNT162b1 were published online in the journal Nature. BNT162b1 is part of the companies’ mRNA-based vaccine development program Lightspeed against SARS-CoV-2. The preliminary clinical data from the German study of BNT162b1, a […]

BioNTech to Receive up to €375M in Funding from German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to Support COVID-19 Vaccine

BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX, “BioNTech” or “the Company”) today announced that it will receive a grant of up to 375 million Euro from an initiative by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to support the accelerated development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. BioNTech will use the milestone-based BMBF funding to support its contribution to […]

State aid: EU Commission approves €199.45 million Italian support to compensate Alitalia for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has found Italian €199.45 million support in favour of Alitalia to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims at compensating the airline for the damages suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This measure will enable Italy to compensate […]

Roche receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the cobas SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B Test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems

• First commercial test for fully automated high throughput systems to detect and differentiate SARS-CoV-2, influenza A virus and/or influenza B virus with a single sample • As COVID-19 and influenza infections can hardly be differentiated based on symptoms, healthcare professionals can confidently provide the right diagnosis and best course of treatment for patients • […]

Roche to launch SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test in countries accepting CE mark, allowing fast triage decisions at point of care

• Antigen test reliably and quickly triages people suspected of SARS-CoV-2, with results ready in 15 minutes, allowing informed treatment decisions • Antigen test accurately screens individuals with known exposure to infected SARS-CoV-2 patients, providing fast answers regarding their infection status • Affordable and small, instrument-free testing kit enables convenient use for healthcare professionals at […]

Influenza Season 2020/21 – First Vaccine Batches Released

The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines started the annual batch release testing of influenza vaccines on 31 July 2020. In the meantime, the first 13,6 million doses have been released for German market. The batch testing is based on the strain adaptations approved by the Federal Institute or the EU Commission for the […]

Novartis announces ambitious ESG targets to increase access to medicines and achieve full carbon neutrality

• 2025 target to increase patients reached in LMICs with strategic innovative medicines by 200% and the Novartis Flagship Programs by 50% – bringing potential reach to over 23 million patients across these initiatives • Enhanced target for full carbon neutrality across all company operations and entire supply chain by 20301 • New collaboration with […]

MERCK New Report Identifies Paths to Pandemic Resilience

A new report details potential paths to solutions to overcoming the global Covid-19 crisis and ways to prepare for or even prevent a future pandemic. • First Findings Report summarizes collective intelligence view of 180 global science, healthcare and policy experts • Data from sewage, genomic analysis, internet searches and mobile phones can provide early-warning […]

Coronavirus Global Response: EIB and EU Commission pledge additional €4.9 billion

The ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future’pledging summit organised today by the European Commission and Global Citizen mobilised €6.15 billion in additional funding to help develop and ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments. The money raised will also support economic recovery in the world’s most fragile regions and communities. This amount includes […]

State aid: EU Commission approves €7.6 billion Italian tax schemes to support companies and self-employed workers affected by coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved four Italian aid schemes to support companies and self-employed workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The four measures, which are part of a wider Italian support package included in the so-called “Decreto Rilancio”,were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended […]

Sudan Partnership Conference: EU mobilises more support for Sudan’s transition

Today, Sudan, the European Union, Germany, and the United Nations co-hosted a virtual High-Level Sudan Partnership Conference. The Joint Communiqué adopted by the participants, confirmed the support of the international community to the democratic and economic transition in Sudan headed by the civilian-led transitional Government. In addition to displaying strong political support to the ongoing […]

Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: EU mobilises almost €100 million to support the most vulnerable in the Horn of Africa

The European Union is mobilising €97.2 million of additional funding for programmes in the Horn of Africa to support the creation of job opportunities, public finance management, and access to education for vulnerable groups, in particular refugees and displaced persons, under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF). Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta […]

State aid: EU Commission approves €280 million Cypriot schemes to support companies and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved two Cypriot schemes providing direct grants and subsidised interest rates to companies and self-employed workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020 and 8 May 2020. The first […]

State aid: EU Commission approves a €2.6 million Czech scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak in the Moravia-Silesia region

The European Commission has approved a €2.6 million Czech scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme, set up by the Moravia-Silesia region, was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020 and 8 May 2020. The public support […]

State aid: EU Commission approves €50 million Lithuanian measures in support of companies operating in the travel sector affected by the coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission approved two Lithuanian measures, with an estimated total budget of €50 million, to support travel agencies, tour operators, accommodation and catering businesses which were affected by the measures adopted by the Lithuanian authorities to face the coronavirus health emergency. The measures were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the […]

Coronavirus: EU channels further assistance to Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus

This week, an Emergency Medical Team of 10 doctors and nurses from Italy are preparing their mission to Armenia, via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. They will provide further assistance in addition to last week’s deployed medical experts from Lithuania. In addition, in response to requests for assistance under the Mechanism, Poland has offered disinfectant, […]

Cohesion policy: better quality emergency care in rural Romania

The European Commission has approved an investment worth €47 million from the European Regional Development Fund to build and equip an emergency hospital in Cluj, Romania, which will serve the largely rural North West region. This project consists of nearly 850-bed hospital equipped with advanced technology to ensure better quality emergency care and access to […]

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