SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern pose a higher risk for hospitalisation and intensive care admission
Since the discovery of SARS-CoV-2, three variants of concern (VOC), first identified in the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7), South Africa (B.1.351), and Brazil (P.1), have been associated with higher transmissibility and severity of disease, with potential implications for acquired immunity or the effectiveness of current vaccines.
EMA and ECDC join forces for enhanced post-marketing monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines in Europe
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today kicked off a new initiative aimed at strengthening post-marketing monitoring of the safety, effectiveness and impact of COVID-19 vaccines in the EU/EEA.
Forecasting COVID-19 cases and deaths in Europe - new hub will support European pandemic planning
Europe is at a critical juncture in its fight against COVID-19. Many countries are currently relaxing restrictions, some against a backdrop of increasing numbers of cases and with new variants emerging, while still rolling out nationwide vaccination programmes.
ECDC guidance for adjusting non-pharmaceutical interventions based on vaccination status
Interim guidance on the benefits of full vaccination against COVID-19 for transmission and implications for non-pharmaceutical interventions.
ECDC organises first training modules in the framework of the EU Initiative on Health Security
ECDC organises the first of many capacity building activities to be provided to EU neighbouring countries as part of the new EU Initiative on Health Security.
Call for expression of interest: EU for health security in Africa: ECDC 4 Africa CDC
ECDC invites experts to express their interest to contribute to strengthening Africa CDC capacities in preparedness, surveillance, and response to health threats posed by communicable diseases.
Postcard from the field: A ‘Field Mission’ from my living room - supporting the WHO epidemiology team during the 11th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo
By September 2020 there was no more denying that we, the fellows of 2019, would be the ‘pandemic cohort’ - or at least one of them for all we knew.
Resistance levels still high in bacteria causing foodborne infections
A sizeable proportion of Salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria is still resistant to antibiotics commonly used in humans and animals, as in previous years, says a report released today by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Postcard from the field: Responding to the Ebola outbreak in Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
In August 2020, Global Outbreak and Alert and Response Network (GOARN) sent a request for assistance for epidemiologists to be deployed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak response in the Equateur Province.