Health

Pay up or put it off: how Europe treats depression and anxiety  Large investigation

Tuesday 09 March 2021 | Ángela Bernardo
María Álvarez Del Vayo
Carmen Torrecillas
Antonio Hernández
| Civio

In many European countries, the availability of psychological treatment in the public healthcare system is inadequate or even non-existent. Barriers such as long waiting lists, co-payments and inadequate resources push people with anxiety or depression – those who can afford it – to the private system.


COVID-19 has paralysed mental health care in Europe 

Thursday 03 December 2020 | Ángela Bernardo
María Álvarez Del Vayo
Carmen Torrecillas
| Civio

Mental health resources in the European Union were scarce even before the pandemic. COVID-19 has caused a tsunami in mental health, and access to care is more difficult today. About 75 percent of psychiatry services in the EU have been taking place via telemedicine, but this is not a viable option for all patients.


COVID-19 vaccines: here's who is producing them in Europe, and where 

Friday 05 March 2021 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop

Pharmaceutical giants producing COVID-19 vaccines are open to collaboration with third parties, as long as they retain control on vaccine licenses and profits. EU member states complain about supply shortages, but fail to question the power of Big Pharma.


Covid Vaccines: the cost of delays 

Friday 19 March 2021 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop
MobileReporter

The European Union shifts between defending citizens’ health and defending pharmaceutical industry monopoly by opposing the liberalization of vaccine production. This might only delay achieving the immunisation necessary for economic recovery. We delve into this issue in a three-part investigation.


The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) portal

Wednesday 17 March 2021 | OBC Transeuropa

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) has been put in place by the European Commission to provide food and feed control authorities with an effective tool to exchange information about measures taken responding to serious risks detected in relation to food or feed.


Food alerts in Europe: from Polish chickens to Indian sesame seeds 

Tuesday 16 March 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

Last year, more than half of the alerts issued by the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed concerned products from non-EU countries. If these countries are unable to adapt their production chains to EU food safety regulations over the next few years, the risks to European citizens will continue to grow.


Eloi Laurent: “An alliance between social justice and ecological sustainability must take over” 

Monday 01 February 2021 | Catherine André
| Alternatives Economiques

The Covid-19 pandemic is a cruel reminder that ecosystem vitality and human health are closely linked. For Eloi Laurent, "the best economic policy is a good health policy and the best health policy is a good environmental policy. We see that there is no trade-off between economy and environment."


One in three European regions have higher COVID-19 deaths in second wave 

Monday 14 December 2020 | Clara Guibourg
| Newsworthy

Compared to the first wave in spring, excess deaths this autumn are less concentrated in a few hard-hit regions. As Europe’s second wave begins to pass its peak, we’ve gathered data from over 750 regions in Europe so as to track the real toll of the pandemic.


The poor state of Europe’s health systems 

Tuesday 15 December 2020 | Céline Mouzon
| Alternatives Economiques

Slow starts, supply shortages, disorganised and ad hoc management… Responses to COVID-19 across Europe have hardly been an occasion for pride. The OECD stresses the need to take into account the social inequalities in health, and consider health an investment rather than an expense.


The foreign companies awarded contracts for the Covid-19 response in Italy 

Monday 21 December 2020 | Openpolis

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Italian authorities have allocated almost five billion euro for the supply of materials necessary for containing the spread of the virus. 1.7 billion went to foreign companies. An analysis of the public contracts awarded in response to Covid-19 in Italy.