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An employee works on the vaccine packing line at the factory of British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) where the Covid-19 CureVac vaccine will be produced in Wavre, Belgium on February 8, 2021. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
An employee works on the vaccine packing... […]

Pandemic showcases Belgium as Europe’s Vaccine Valley

A small country with an outsize reputation in research and pharmaceuticals, Belgium has emerged with a strategic role in the world's battle against the coronavirus
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a press conference during a plenary session at the EU Parliament in Brussels on January 20, 2021. Photo: John Thys / AFP
European Commission President Ursula von... […]

Vaccine storm engulfs EU chief von der Leyen

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen faces the deepest political crisis of her mandate so far, under intense fire over delayed vaccine deliveries and the bungled roll-out of export controls
Health worker and volunteer Paulo Roberto Oliveira receives a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech at the Sao Lucas Hospital, in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil on August 08, 2020. - The vaccine trial is being carried out in Brazil in partnership with Brazilian Research Institute Butanta. (Photo by SILVIO AVILA / AFP)
Health worker and volunteer Paulo Robert... […]

In race for vaccine, safety trumps speed

The halting of clinical trials for one of the most advanced experimental Covid-19 vaccines shows the importance of safety in developing new medicines, experts say
Employee Andrea Kuenle-Bartsch decorates a mannequin with a face mask in a fashion store in Ludwigsburg, southern Germany, on April 20, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Parts of Europe hit hard by the deadly coronavirus pandemic took tentative steps towards resuming normal lives on Monday, April 20, 2020, with Germany allowing some shops to reopen. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP)
Employee Andrea Kuenle-Bartsch decorates... […]

Multinationals in the time of virus: who wins, who loses?

The coronavirus pandemic, set to provoke a severe global recession this year, is hitting multinational companies disproportionately. But what sectors might succeed during the pandemic?
Medical staff at the IHU Mediterranee Infection Institute in Marseille, France, display packets of Nivaquine tablets, containing chloroquine, and Plaqueril, containing hydroxychloroquine, drugs that has shown signs of effectiveness against coronavirus, on February 26, 2020. Photo: Gerard Julien / AFP
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Medicine shortage looms over coronavirus-hit Europe

While the world waits for a coronavirus vaccine, medicines used to deal with the symptoms of the disease are increasingly in critically short supply in Europe, the worst-hit continent