European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has signed a new vaccine supply contract with Pfizer that commits to sourcing key vaccine components within the EU. Photograph: Julien Warnand

Pfizer must manufacture vaccines and source ingredients within the European Union under a new contract signed with the European Commission for 1.8 bil(...)

Migrants rest on the coast after crossing over to Ceuta, the Spanish enclave in north Africa. Photograph: Reduan/EPA

The sudden influx of thousands of migrants into Spanish territory this week has created a new crisis on Europe’s southern border. On Monday, an estim(...)

The so-called green digital certificates would show if the bearer has been vaccinated, has tested negative for Covid-19, or has recovered from the illness. File photogrpah: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

European Union member states will aim to agree on digital vaccination certificates to ease travel in the bloc by June 21st, Dutch prime minister Mark (...)

Staff work on the production of BioNTech/Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine at Allergopharma’s production facilities  near Hamburg, Germany, last week. Photograph: Christian Charisius/ EPA

The decision by the United States to support a temporary suspension of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines has rattled drugmakers, spli(...)

Three vials with different vaccines against Covid-19 by Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna. File photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

The Government could be on a collision course with the State’s powerful pharmaceutical industry over support for US backing of a move to lift patent p(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: she  said the EU was ready to discuss any proposals that addressed the Covid crisis in an effective and pragmatic manner. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Member states of the EU are set to discuss proposals to waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines after the idea was backed by the US. (...)

Polish president Andrzej Duda; and Polish ombudsman Adam Bodnar. Photograph: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP via Getty

Polish president Andrzej Duda has attacked the departing ombudsman as “anti-Polish” for suggesting their central European homeland has taken an “anti-(...)

Novavax has told the EU it plans to begin delivering its Covid-19 vaccine to the bloc towards the end of this year.

Novavax has told the EU it plans to begin delivering its Covid-19 vaccine to the bloc towards the end of this year, new guidance that could lead to a (...)

Ursula von der Leyen is left without a chair as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and European Council president Charles Michel remain seated at a meeting in March. Photograph: Turkish Presidential Press Service

The political world was convulsed this week by revelations about Boris Johnson’s furnishings. The £840-a-roll gold wallpaper designed to eviscerate th(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen’s words about her treatment in Ankara will have resonated with millions of women and men. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/ AFP via Getty Images

If, for some, the so-called Sofagate incident seemed just too crass, too childish, to be pre-meditated, Ursula von der Leyen thought otherwise. “Would(...)

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