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Americans officially banned from entering EU, at least for now

The European Union made an agreement on a list of 15 countries that could travel in its bloc from July 1st.Citizens of the United States, as well as Russia, Brazil and India, are not on it.The exclusion of the U.S. reflects concerns over its coronavirus surge. From July 1st, when its external borders will re-open, American tourists won't be welcome in Europe, decrees a new agreement from the European Union. The bloc decided on a list of 15 safe countries whose residents would be allowed to trav...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Politics, Medicine, Congress, Cdc, China, Russia, India, Eu, European Union, Public Health, United States, Innovation, Epidemics


EU reopens its borders to 14 nations but not to U.S. tourists

By LORNE COOK BRUSSELS — The European Union announced Tuesday that it will reopen its borders to travelers f rom 14 countries, and possibly China soon, but most Americans have been refused entry for at least another two weeks due to soaring coronavirus infections in the U.S. Travelers from other big countries like Russia, Brazil and India will also miss out. As Europe’s economies reel from the impact of the coronavirus, southern EU countries like Greece, Italy and Spain are desperate to entice b...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, News, La, China, Germany, Russia, India, Uncategorized, Eu, Spain, Sport, European Union, World news, Atlantic


Human Brain Project starts final phase as EU-funded FET Flagship

The Human Brain Project announces the start of its final phase as an EU-funded FET Flagship. The European Commission has signed a grant agreement to fund the HBP with 150 million Euros from now until 2023.
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Europe to ban American travel as U.S. struggles to contain pandemic

The EU has slowed the spread of COVID-19 in most regions, while cases in the U.S. continue to grow.The U.S. is reportedly excluded from both lists of "accepted nations," but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested the U.S. may reach an agreement with European officials.A ban on American travel would surely have political consequences for the Trump administration. The European Union is preparing to block Americans from traveling to member nations when borders begin to reopen on July 1.European ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Florida, Eu, European Union, United States, Innovation, Oklahoma, Donald Trump, Trump, State, Texas California, Pompeo, Disease Prevention and Control, Mike Pompeo


UK gives up on centralized coronavirus contacts tracing app — will “likely” switch to model backed by Apple and Google

The UK has given up building a centralized coronavirus contacts tracing app and will instead switch to a decentralized app architecture, the BBC has reported. This suggests its any future app will be capable of plugging into the joint ‘exposure notification’ API which has been developed in recent weeks by Apple and Google. The UK’s decision to abandon a bespoke app architecture comes more than a month after ministers had been reported to be eyeing such a switch. They went on to award a contr...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Mobile, Apps, Europe, UK, England, Bluetooth, Privacy, Germany, Tech, Eu, European Union, Smartphone, Smartphones


UK gives up on centralized coronavirus contacts tracing app — will switch to model backed by Apple and Google

The UK has given up building a centralized coronavirus contacts tracing app and will instead switch to a decentralized app architecture, the BBC has reported. This means its future app will be capable of plugging into the joint ‘exposure notification’ API which has been developed in recent weeks by Apple and Google. The UK’s decision to abandon a bespoke app architecture comes more than a month after ministers had been reported to be eyeing such a switch. They went on to award a contract to an...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Health, Google, Mobile, Apps, Europe, UK, England, Bluetooth, Privacy, Germany, Eu, European Union, Smartphone, Smartphones


EU states agree a tech spec for national coronavirus apps to work across borders

European Union countries and the Commission have agreed on a technical framework to enable regional coronavirus contacts tracing apps to work across national borders. A number of European countries have launched contacts tracing apps at this point, with the aim of leveraging smartphone technologies in the fight against COVID-19, but none of these apps can yet work across national borders. Last month, EU Member States agreed to a set of interoperability guidelines for tracing apps. Now they’ve...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Apps, Europe, UK, Privacy, France, Germany, Tech, Eu, Spain, European Union, Public Health, United Kingdom, Italy


Labor's national executive takes over Victorian branch – Australian politics live

Steve Bracks and Jenny Macklin will lead an internal review into Victorian Labor. Follow the latest updates liveSouth Australia to relax border restrictions from midnightMarlene Kairouz announces resignation over branch stackingDeputy PM billed taxpayers for Melbourne Cup flightsFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 9.21am BST Payne says Australia has been an active and pragmatic voice in the WHO, and the “early co-...
Tags: Health, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Queensland politics, Who, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Australian trade unions, Labor party


Norway pulls its coronavirus contacts tracing app after privacy watchdog’s warning

One of the first national coronavirus contacts tracing apps to be launched in Europe is being suspended in Norway after the country’s data protection authority raised concerns that the software, called ‘Smittestopp’, poses a disproportionate threat to user privacy — including by continuously uploading people’s location. Following a warning from the watchdog Friday, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) said today it will stop uploading data from tomorrow — ahead of a June 23 deadline wh...
Tags: Health, Google, TC, Apps, Europe, Bluetooth, Privacy, Law, Germany, Tech, Eu, Italy, Gps, Norway, Api, Google Translate


JRC creates a database of COVID-19 diagnostic devices and test methods

As part of EU efforts to provide guidance on the use of coronavirus tests, the JRC has created a database of COVID-19 in vitro diagnostic devices and test methods that gathers information on available tests in one place.
Tags: Health, Eu, JRC


UCD spin-out awarded €4.5 million funding to help combat coronavirus pandemic

SiriusXT (https://siriusxt.com/), a University College Dublin (UCD) spin-out company, has been awarded just over €4.5 million in blended (grant and equity) funding from the European Innovation Council Accelerator Pilot programme which is part of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.
Tags: Health, Eu, University College Dublin UCD, European Innovation Council Accelerator Pilot


Tech giants must open up about the coronavirus ‘infodemic’, say EU lawmakers

Platforms still aren’t doing enough to tackle disinformation related to the coronavirus crisis, the European Commission said today. In a Communication it is pressing tech platforms to produce monthly reports about their efforts in this area, asking for more detailed data on actions being taken to promote authoritative content; improve users’ awareness; and limit coronavirus disinformation and advertising related to it. It also wants to see increased cooperation from platforms towards re...
Tags: Health, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, China, Russia, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, United States, Commission


International research consortium launched to improve obesity treatment

University College Dublin (UCD) is leading SOPHIA (Stratification of Obese Phenotypes to Optimize Future Obesity Therapy), a new €16 million EU and industry supported international research consortium launched today.
Tags: Health, Eu, University College Dublin UCD


WHO warns that 1st wave of pandemic not over; dampens hopes

By ELAINE KURTENBACH and MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS BANGKOK  — As Brazil and India struggle with surging coronavirus cases, a top health expert is warning that the world is still smack in the middle of the pandemic, dampening hopes for a speedy global economic rebound and renewed international travel. “Right now, we’re not in the second wave. We’re right in the middle of the first wave globally,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s executive director. “We’re still very much in a phase ...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Europe, Business, News, Australia, California, Russia, India, Uncategorized, Eu, Spain, Sport, European Union, World news, Soccer


Exclusive: big pharma rejected EU plan to fast-track vaccines in 2017

World’s top drug firms turned down proposals for work on pathogens like coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world’s largest pharmaceutical companies rejected an EU proposal three years ago to work on fast-tracking vaccines for pathogens like coronavirus to allow them to be developed before an outbreak, the Guardian can reveal.The plan to speed up the development and approval of vaccines was put forward by European commission representatives sitting on the I...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Eu, European Union, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, European Commission, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, IMI, Coronavirus outbreak


Australia coronavirus live update: Palaszczuk hits back at NSW premier Berejiklian over pressure to open Queensland borders – latest news

Queensland premier says she won’t be lectured to ‘by a state that has the highest number of cases in Australia’ as tourism operators and politicians call to open state’s border to domestic travellers. Follow liveQueensland ‘won’t be lectured’ to by NSW to open bordersFollow the global liveblogCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statisticsSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 12.35am ...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Queensland politics, Treasury, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Annastacia Palaszczuk


New biodegradable food packaging prolongs food shelf life

Plastic pollution and disposal of single use plastic packaging is a huge sustainability issue in need of innovative solutions: latest results from the EU-funded project YPACK show that an innovative formulation of active ingredients could allow this biodegradable food packaging to prolong the shelf life of foods and therefore reduce food waste.
Tags: Health, Eu


How will Europe’s coronavirus contact-tracing apps work across borders?

A major question mark attached to national coronavirus contact-tracing apps is whether they will function when citizens of one country travel to another. Or will people be asked to download and use multiple apps if they’re traveling across borders? Having to use multiple apps when travelling would further complicate an unproven technology which seeks to repurpose standard smartphone components for estimating viral exposure — a task for which our mobile devices were never intended. In Europe, whe...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Apps, Europe, Bluetooth, Privacy, France, Germany, Tech, Eu, European Union, Smartphones, Ireland, NHS, United Kingdom


NHS COVID-19: The UK’s coronavirus contacts-tracing app explained

The UK has this week started testing a coronavirus contacts-tracing app which NHSX, a digital arm of the country’s National Health Service, has been planning and developing since early March. The test is taking place in the Isle of Wight, a 380km2 island off the south coast of England, with a population of around 140,000. The NHS COVID-19 app uses Bluetooth Low Energy handshakes to register proximity events (aka ‘contacts’) between smartphone users, with factors such as the duration of the ‘c...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Health, Google, Android, Security, TC, Apps, Europe, UK, England, Bluetooth, Privacy, Australia, Germany


Why has eastern Europe suffered less from coronavirus than the west?

Most important reason for discrepancy appears to be implementation of early lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus map of Europe makes one thing clear: the richer nations of western Europe have suffered more from the virus than countries in the eastern half of the EU, almost without exceptions.Comparing figures from different countries can be fraught with difficulty, and many factors can potentially skew the numbers. But the comparison between western...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Greece, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Czech Republic, Hungary, Infectious Diseases, Slovakia, Coronavirus outbreak


UK seeks access to EU health cooperation in light of coronavirus

Government now wants close links with early warning system despite Brexit, source saysCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe British government is quietly seeking access to the European Union’s pandemic warning system, despite early reluctance to cooperate on health after Brexit, the Guardian has learned.The UK is seeking “something akin to membership” of the EU’s early warning and response system (EWRS), which has played a critical role in coordinating Europe’s response...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, Health policy, Brexit, Coronavirus outbreak


Apple and Google release first seed of COVID-19 exposure notification API for contact tracing app developers

Apple and Google have released the very first version of their exposure notification API, which they previously called the contact tracing API . This is a developer-focused release, and is a seed of the API in development with the primary intent of collecting feedback from developers who will be using the API to create new contract tracing and notification apps on behalf of public health agencies. Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook told EU Commissioner Thierry Breton that the API would be ...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Android, TC, Apps, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ceo, Smartphones, Tim Cook, Computing, Api, Operating Systems, Limited


Germany ditches centralized approach to app for COVID-19 contacts tracing

Germany has U-turned on building a centralized COVID-19 contacts tracing app — and will instead adopt a decentralized architecture, Reuters reported Sunday, citing a joint statement by chancellery minister Helge Braun and health minister Jens Spahn. In Europe in recent weeks, a battle has raged between different groups backing centralized vs decentralized infrastructure for apps being fast-tracked by governments which will use Bluetooth-based smartphone proximity as a proxy for infection risk — ...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Health, Google, Android, Apps, Europe, UK, Bluetooth, Privacy, France, Germany, Berlin, Tech, Eu, Bloomberg


The Guardian view on the EU and Covid-19: better late than never | Editorial

Europe is in the pandemic frontline but unity among the nations has been rare. That may be changing – not before timeAlmost seven weeks after the World Health Organization confirmed the pandemic, Europe remains in the frontline of the battle to contain the Covid-19 virus. Five of the six countries reporting most cases are in Europe. Seven of the 10 countries reporting most deaths are in our continent too. Yet Europe has struggled to make common cause against the virus. In particular, it has bick...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, Spain, European Union, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, United States


Germany’s COVID-19 contacts tracing app to link to labs for test result notification

A German research institute that’s involved in developing a COVID-19 contacts tracing app with the backing of the national government has released some new details about the work which suggests the app is being designed as more of a ‘one-stop shop’ to manage coronavirus impacts at an individual level, rather than having a sole function of alerting users to potential infection risk. Work on the German app began at the start of March, per the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft institute, with initial funding...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Health, Google, TC, Apps, Europe, UK, Bluetooth, Privacy, France, China, Germany, Tech, Eu, Spain


EU turns up pressure on Matt Hancock over Covid-19 PPE scheme

Brussels says UK was briefed on bulk-buying plan and given ‘ample opportunity’ to joinCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe health secretary, Matt Hancock, is facing fresh pressure over the protection offered to NHS staff after the European commission said the UK had been given “ample opportunity” to join an EU scheme bulk-buying masks, gowns, gloves and goggles.After a day of confusion in Westminster over the UK’s lack of involvement in the EU’s joint procurement of eq...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, Public services policy, NHS, Health policy, Brussels, Brexit, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


What is the EU medical equipment scheme and why did UK opt out?

British government is facing criticism for not taking part in joint purchase of supplies amid the coronavirus pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe British government is coming under fire for failing to join the EU’s procurement scheme for medical equipment, including masks, gloves, goggles, gowns, testing kits and ventilators, at a time when NHS health workers across the country are crying out for more supplies. In the latest twist, the health secretary, Matt H...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


Prostate cancer mortality rates predicted to fall in the EU but rise in Poland

Death rates from prostate cancer are predicted to fall in 2020 in the EU, largely due to better diagnosis and treatment, according to new research published in the leading cancer journal Annals of Oncology today (Monday).
Tags: Health, Eu, Poland


Europe’s PEPP-PT COVID-19 contacts tracing standard push could be squaring up for a fight with Apple and Google

A coalition of EU scientists and technologists that’s developing what’s billed as a “privacy-preserving” standard for Bluetooth-based proximity tracking, as a proxy for COVID-19 infection risk, wants Apple and Google to make changes to an API they’re developing for the same overarching purpose. The Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (PEPP-PT) uncloaked on April 1, calling for developers of contact tracing apps to get behind a standardized approach to processing smartphone users...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Mobile, Apps, Europe, Privacy, Germany, Tech, Eu, Fbi, Italy, Commission, Vodafone, Zurich, Cto


EU offers 'heartfelt apology' to Italy over coronavirus response

Ursula von der Leyen voices regret as expert warns herd immunity still a way off in EuropeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe EU has offered “a heartfelt apology” to Italy for letting it down at the start of the coronavirus crisis as fresh evidence emerged that few European countries are likely to have achieved herd immunity as they begin cautiously lifting their lockdowns.As the World Health Organization warned that the continent remained firmly “in the eye of the st...
Tags: Health, Europe, Africa, Eu, European Union, World news, US news, Italy, World Health Organization, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ursula von der Leyen, Coronavirus outbreak



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