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Public Health Policy in the EU

Latest news on the public health policy of the European Union.

MEPs approve EUR 6.2 bn to tackle crisis, speed up vaccine deployment
The EU Parliament gave the go-ahead to an increase in the EU budget of EUR 6.2 billion Thursday, to improve the chances of an effective and safe vaccine, and to step up COVID-19-related cohesion funding.

EU forecasts big increase in VAT gap due to coronavirus
Forecasts for 2020 VAT revenues to EU Member States show a potential loss in the region of EUR 164 billion due to effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy, as well as fraud and tax evasion.

Poor environment causes one in eight deaths in Europe
Heatwaves, air and noise pollution contribute to 13 per cent of all deaths in Europe, according to a major assessment on health and environment released Tuesday the EU Environment Agency (EEA).

Brussels signs first contract with AstraZeneca
The first pharmaceutical contract negotiated by the EU Commission on behalf of EU Member States entered into force Thursday following the formal signature between AstraZeneca and the Commission.

Brussels concludes talks with fifth vaccine manufacturer
The EU concluded exploratory talks with U.S. based company Moderna Monday to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19 - the fifth company with which the Commission has concluded talks.

Europe readies EUR 81.4 bn to mitigate effects of pandemic
The European Commission presented proposals Monday for financial support of some of EUR 81 billion to 15 EU Member States to help protect jobs and workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

New talks with CureVac expand EU portfolio of future vaccines
The EU Commission concluded Thursday exploratory talks with CureVac to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19, offering the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase the vaccine.

European Vaccines Strategy
As part of the effort to help protect people everywhere and EU citizens in particular, the Commission is proposing an EU strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and deployment of vaccines against COVID-19. COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL, THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK EU Strategy for COVID-19 vaccines - COM/2020/245 final

Brussels reaches 1st agreement on potential COVID-19 vaccine
The Commission reached first agreement Friday with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to buy a potential vaccine against COVID-19 as well as to donate to lower and middle income countries.

EUR 128m EU funding for coronavirus research projects
The EU Commission announced EUR 128 million of EU funding Tuesday for 23 new research projects involving 347 research teams from 40 countries in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Google's proposed Fitbit buy under full EU investigation
The EU Commission opened Tuesday an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google over the amount of data Google could use for personalisation of the ads it serves.

Brussels secures EU access to COVID-19 drug Remdesivir
The European Commission signed a contract with pharmaceutical company Gilead Tuesday to secure treatment doses of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir, for EU Member States and the UK.

Capital Markets Recovery Package
The European Commission on 24 July adopted a Capital Markets Recovery Package, as part of the Commission's overall coronavirus recovery strategy.

Banking rules revised to help COVID recovery
The EU agreed to temporarily adapt its banking rules Wednesday in order to maximise the capacity of banks to lend money and support households and businesses to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

Importance of China to EU's COVID recovery underlined at summit
The importance of the EU's trading relationship with China for recovery from COVID-19 was underlined at a video conference summit Tuesday but Hong Kong and human rights was high on the agenda.

EU looks for joint breakthrough in coronavirus vaccine
The EU Commission presented Wednesday plans for a joint European approach to the development, manufacture and deployment of vaccines against COVID-19, and a permanent solution to the pandemic.

EU states agree interoperability solution for mobile tracing apps
EU states, with Commission support, agreed Tuesday a set of technical specifications for safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralised architecture.

EU plans for relaunch of European tourism
The EU cranked up plans to relaunch tourism in Europe Monday with the launch of 'Re-open EU', an online platform with information on borders and available transport and tourism services in Member States.

Brussels looks to remove travel restrictions to EU on 1 July
The EU announced Thursday that it is making concrete preparations for the lifting of travel restrictions with countries whose health situation is similar to the EU's and for resuming visa operations.

EU asks online platforms to report on fake coronavirus news
The EU stepped up its campaign against online disinformation Wednesday, asking online platforms for monthly reports on action to promote authoritative content and limit fake information on the coronavirus.

EU grants EUR 314m to innovative companies to combat virus, support recovery
The EU Commission announced the award Monday of nearly EUR 166 million to companies set to combat the coronavirus pandemic, and another EUR 148 million to fund Europe's economic recovery plan.

EUR 2 billion to reinforce EU's crisis response capability
The EU Commission proposed Tuesday to give the EU the capability to react more swiftly when a serious cross-border emergency such as the coronavirus strikes and affects EU countries at the same time.

rescEU and Humanitarian Aid under the new MFF
The Commission proposed on 2 June to give the European Union the tools to react more quickly when a serious cross-border emergency such as the coronavirus strikes and affects EU countries at the same time.

Brussels proposes EUR 750 bn Covid recovery package
EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen presented Wednesday a EUR 750 bn plan for economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis involving pooling of debt and unprecedented financial transfers.

EU, Japan strenthen ties to face COVID-19 crisis
EU and Japan leaders at a video conference Tuesday signalled close coordination in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, stressing the importance of global solidarity, cooperation and multilateralism.