Health

What a year of pandemic tells us about European healthcare systems 

Wednesday 28 April 2021 | Kostas Zafeiropoulos
Janine Louloudi
| MIIR

Mainly three things: the number of doctors and nurses and the population density of a region are more important indicators than the number of ICUs in predicting Covid-19 deaths, there does not appear to be a causal association between per-capita numbers of ICUs and deaths from Covid, and excess mortality showed a correlation with the "pandemic waves".


The uncountable: How Covid-19 affected migrants and refugees’ health 

Friday 15 January 2021 | Emanuela Barbiroglio
| VoxEurop

With COVID-19 in the spotlight, refugees and undocumented migrants disappeared from public attention. Precisely what swept these communities away from the agenda, however, disproportionately affected them.


The impact of EU funds on Covid-19 crisis management 

Friday 19 February 2021 | Openpolis

Before the implementation of additional allocations such as the recovery fund, one of the first instruments put in place by the EU was the possibility for states to redirect their own European funds to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. Let's see how this process played out, in Italy and in other countries.


Small EU countries had more COVID-related deaths per million since pandemic started 

Sunday 25 April 2021 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

While the EU’s most populous countries are recording the most overall COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Bulgaria had the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in relation to their populations during the same period.


Europe faces ‘obesity epidemic’ as figure almost tripled in 40 years 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

Last week, the European Parliament called for the better treatment and management of obesity as average obesity levels in the EU have risen by 161% since 1975.


France worried about mental health of its lockdown-stricken citizens 

Wednesday 28 April 2021 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

After more than a year of successive lockdowns implemented by European governments to curb the spread of COVID-19, the French authorities are now worried about the mental health of their citizens.


businesswoman walking through revolving door

Meetings on public health between European Commission and lobbies have been booming 

Monday 24 May 2021 | Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
Antonio Hernández
Maria G. Zornoza
| Civio

Meetings with dozens of assistants and thousands of civil servants fly under the radar of the EU's transparency register. The heads of the pharmaceutical industry, EFPIA is one of the most active lobby groups. In less than a year and a half since the start of the pandemic they have held as many meetings with senior Commission officials as in the last five years.


Pandemic has prevented many migrants from reaching Europe 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

The various COVID-19 related lockdowns and closures of the EU’s borders have reduced mobility, particularly of migrants. First-time asylum applications fell by 37 percent between 2019 and November 2020.


Big Tobacco lobbies battle for smoke-free products taxation 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop
MobileReporter

As the EU sets its sights on harmonising taxation of the rising e-cigarette and heated tobacco products market, lobbyists fight to keep prices down and smokers hooked. The forthcoming negotiations are intertwined with the bitter competition between the two industry giants.


Vaccines and Covid-19: the Western Balkans feel excluded 

Friday 22 January 2021 | Francesco Martino
| OBC Transeuropa

Doubts, controversies, delays. Vaccination campaigns against Covid-19 in the Western Balkans have only started in Serbia and Albania, while the other countries in the area risk dangerous delays, despite some support initiatives promoted by the European Union