Belgium Starts Overdue Vaccination Programme

As part of the vaccination rollout plan in Belgium, the Skyhall, the iconic former transit hall at Brussels Airport, is set to become the vaccination centre for the residents of the towns of Zaventem, Wezembeek-Oppem and Kraainem. “From the start of the Covid-19 crisis, Brussels Airport has actively contributed to protecting public health by providing…

Brussels Airport JV with SpiceJet

SpiceJet has tied up with Brussels Airport for seamless delivery of Covid-19 vaccine between India and Europe. The strategic partnership will aid in the global mission of a speedy and reliable solution for air transport of vaccine in a temperature-controlled environment. They will also work towards developing a direct air link for SpiceJet with Brussels…

Commission to buy 200 Million Doses of Vaccine

The European Commission on Friday proposed to the EU Member States to purchase an additional 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by BioNTech and Pfizer, with the option to acquire another 100 million doses.   This would enable the EU to purchase up to 600 million doses of this vaccine, which is already…

A European Health Union must be a union of citizens

On 9 May 2020, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, New Europeans launched an appeal for an ‘International Conference on the Lessons Learned by the EU after Coronavirus’, with the aim of paving the way to a European Health Union, writes Roger Casale. Six months later, it is fair to say that both objectives are somehow…

The Party Box

The confinement has been depressing for us all and, despite an imminent vaccine, there is no end in sight. But, happily, there is some good news and that includes a few go ahead initiatives in Belgium that have emerged during the confinement. At a time of many business closures, this includes the creation of a…

NGOs Unite in call for China Russia and Iran to Release Religious Prisoners

 Thirteen human rights NGOs have called on the authorities of China, Iran and Russia to release religious prisoners under threat of being infected by COVID-19.  These are the three countries that have the highest number of believers of all faiths behind bars, according to Human Rights Without Frontiers’ (HRWF) database of FoRB prisoners which documents thousands of…

European Parliament’s cancer committee urged to consider health impacts of insulation materials such as mineral wool

On Friday 11 December the Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) of the European Parliament will hear from seven leading specialists in cancer prevention about the effect the environment can have on everybody’s risk of developing cancer, including radiation, air pollution, exposure to chemicals and pesticides, and being exposed to carcinogens at work. Campaigners hope…