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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - July 2021

Newsletter - July 2021

  1. Editorial
  2. EUPHA update
  3. European Public Health Conference
  4. EUPHA members update
  5. European Journal of Public Health
  6. Call for proposals, job opportunities
  7. Interesting news
  8. Upcoming courses and conferences
  9. Interesting publications
  10. European Commission news
  11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
  12. WHO news

1. Editorial

Welcome to the July issue of our newsletter with updates on what is going on in public health in Europe and beyond. We hope you have enjoyed/are enjoying your well-deserved summer break, after which you are ready to tackle the ongoing battle against COVID-19. 

Wishing you pleasant reading, 

Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director

2. EUPHA update

Webinar: Public Health, Climate Change and Strategic litigation, 7th October 2021, 14.00- 16.00 (Brussels); 13.00-15.00 (London)


The Webinar is organised by the Global Health Groningen Research Centre, the UK Faculty of Public Health, the European Public Health Association Law and Public Health and the Environmental Health sections, in collaboration with a range of other partners.

The session will include presentations and panel discussion by distinguished legal scholars, policy makers and public health practitioners exploring the challenges and opportunities for advancing arguments in strategic litigation, in particular its health, environmental and human right dimensions.

Law, ethics and politics in 2020

A summary report of the sessions on Law, ethics and politics at the 16th World Congress on Public Health 2020 (WCPH2020), drafted by the EUPHA fellows and reviewed by the EUPHA section presidents. 

Did you miss the WCPH2020? Or would you like refresh your memory of the discussions that took place? This report presents the discussions and outcomes of the conference’s law, ethics and politics sessions.

EUPHA annual report 2020 summary

Wondering what we did in 2020? We - the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) - strengthend national public health associations; provided scientific evidence through our 26 sections; co-organised the World Congress on Public Healthl; and much more in 2020. Check out our annual report 2020 summary.

EUPHA office internship - public health priorities the next 5 years

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) is looking for an intern at the EUPHA office. We are looking for a person with a background in public health. The short internship (three months) is a chance to be part of the day-to-day work of the office. A key task is to analyse the regional priorities of the EUPHA member questionnaire. Earlier this year our members were consulted on their priorities for the coming five years. A first analysis has been made highlighting important public health issues, now a more detailed analysis could help guide EUPHA’s work the coming years. Starting date is flexible, preferably in September. Travel and accommodation costs associated with the internship are covered by EUPHA (via the European Solidarity fund), as well as a daily subsistence allowance for the duration of the internship. If you are interested please send a short motivational letter and your CV to with in the email subject heading ‘EUPHA office intern 2021 – public health priorities’. The final date to express you interest is 6 August 2021, latest. We look forward to hearing from you!

COVID-19 Response and Preparedness Seminar Series Webinar 1: TRIPS - recording available

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) in collaboration with the French Public Health Association (Société Française de Santé Publique) (SFSP), and with the support of the EUPHA Health technology assessment section (EUPHA-HTA), are organising a series of events to raise awareness and to share the knowledge of experts on key aspects regarding: COVID-19 Preparedness and Response.
The first webinar of this series took place on July 6.
 The speakers presented and discussed the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (#TRIPS) Agreement, the relevance of a temporary waiver and of voluntary licensing, as well as knowledge transfer and vaccine distribution mechanisms. This first seminar also focused on the role of the European Union and of its Member States regarding these issues.
• Joseph E Stiglitz of Columbia University and of Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), and a Nobel Laureate (2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics)
• Andrew Asamoah of Pasteur Institute of Dakar
• George Pavlakis of National Institutes of Health (NIH)
• Ellen ‘t Hoen of Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre and of Medicines Law and Policy
• Els Maeckelberghe of University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) and of EUPHA Ethics in Public Health Section
Moderators Yves Charpak, Vice-President SFSP, France; and Elena Petelos, Vice-President EUPHA HTA.

Feedback to the European Commission's proposal for labelling rules on alcoholic beverages

Our key points:

  • Alcohol consumption is a significant public health concern.
  • Current ingredient and nutrition labelling on alcohol does not inform consumers
  • Ingredient and nutrition labelling would promote high level of consumer and public health protection and promote the functioning of the internal market
  • On-label information is far more useful to consumers
  • The EU should also introduce other effective labelling, including front-of-pack labelling, to help empower consumers
Read our full feedback here.

3. European Public Health Conference

The full programme of the European Public Health Conference, 10-12 November 2021, is now available online at:

Don't miss this opportunity to participate in this event and register before 1 September to benefit a significant discount: 

4. EUPHA members update

EUPHA intensifies collaboration with members

We are very happy to have increased our collaboration with individual members. With the UK Faculty of public health, we are organising a series of webinars on Public Health, Climate Change and Strategic litigation, the next one being organised on 7 October.

Together with the French Society, we are organising a series of webinars  to raise awareness and to share the knowledge of experts on key aspects regarding: COVID-19 Preparedness and Response. The first one was organised on 6 July. 

5. European Journal of Public Health

Volume 31, Issue 3, June 2021

The future of healthy aging: translation of geroscience discoveries to public health practice
Zoltan Ungvari, Roza Adany
Europe's beating cancer plan—a new step towards more comprehensive and equitable cancer control in Europe
Tit Albreht

Ankur Singh, Diana Contreras Suarez, Emily You, Ludmila Fleitas Alfonzo, Tania King

Developing healthy weight maintenance through co-creation: a partnership with Black African migrant community in East Midlands
Lorraine Ochieng, Lucky Amaugo, Bertha M.N Ochieng
Iranian and Iraqi torture survivors in Finland and Sweden: findings from two population-based studies
Ferdinand Garoff, Petter Tinghög, Jaana Suvisaari, Eero Lilja, Anu E Castaneda
The association of migration with multiple tobacco product use among male adults in 15 low- and middle-income countries
Daniel Tzu-Hsuan Chen, Christopher Millett, Filippos T Filippidis
Pierre-André Michaud, Johanna P.M. Vervoort, Annemieke Visser, Valentina Baltag, Sijmen A. Reijneveld, Paul L. Kocken, Danielle Jansen
Photoprotection habits, attitudes and knowledge among school communities in the Costa del sol (Spain)
N Blázquez-Sánchez, F Rivas-Ruiz, S Bueno-Fernández, M.T Fernández-Morano, S Arias-Santiago, A Rodríguez-Martínez, G DeCastro-Maqueda, M DeTroya-Martín
Parental education, parent–child relations and diagnosed mental disorders in childhood: prospective child cohort study
Bjørn E Holstein, Sofie W Pant, Janni Ammitzbøll, Bjarne Laursen, Katrine R Madsen, Anne Mette Skovgaard, Trine P Pedersen

Life-course risk factors are associated with activity of daily living disability in older adults
James Macinko, Juliana Vaz de Melo Mambrini, Fabíola Bof de Andrade, Flavia Cristina Drumond Andrade, Gabriela E Lazalde, Maria Fernanda Lima-Costa
Determinants of inequalities in years with disability: an international-comparative study
Wilma J. Nusselder, José Rubio Valverde, Matthias Bopp, Henrik Brønnum-Hansen, Patrick Deboosere, Ramune Kalediene, Katalin Kovács, Mall Leinsalu, Pekka Martikainen, Gwenn Menvielle, Enrique Regidor, Bodgan Wojtyniak, Johan P. Mackenbach
Disability, Loneliness and Health in the UK: cross-sectional survey
Eric Emerson, Roger Stancliffe, Nicola Fortune, Gwynnyth Llewellyn
Validity of the Global Activity Limitation Indicator (GALI) to evaluate severity of disability
Belisa Tarazona, Jesús González-Enríquez, Javier Almazán-Isla, Enrique Alcalde-Cabero, Jesús de Pedro-Cuesta, Iñaki Galán

Social network characteristics as correlates and moderators of older adults’ quality of life—the SHARE study
Tanja Schmidt, Lars B Christiansen, Jasper Schipperijn, Ester Cerin
Healthy life expectancy by frailty state in Europe from 2004 to 2015: findings from SHARE
Camilla Riis Nielsen
, Linda Juel Ahrenfeldt, Bernard Jeune, Kaare Christensen, Rune Lindahl-Jacobsen

Spatial-temporal patterns of childhood immunization in New Zealand (2006–2017): an improving pattern but not for all?
Lukas Marek,
Matthew Hobbs, Jesse Wiki, John McCarthy, Melanie Tomintz, Malcolm Campbell, Simon Kingham
Dose-related and contextual aspects of suboptimal adherence to antiretroviral therapy among persons living with HIV in Western Europe
Babatunde Akinwunmi, Daniel Buchenberger, Jenny Scherzer, Martina Bode, Paolo Rizzini, Fabio Vecchio, Laetitia Roustand, Gaelle Nachbaur, Laurent Finkielsztejn, Vasiliki Chounta, Nicolas Van de Velde
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli diagnosed by Stx PCR: assessing the public health risk of non-O157 strains
K.J Carroll, C Jenkins, L Harvey-Vince, K Mohan, S Balasegaram
Joint effects of HPV-related knowledge and socio-demographic factors on HPV testing behaviour among females in Shenzhen
Wei Lin,
Bin Chen, Haiyan Hu, Shixin Yuan, Bo Wu, Chuyan Zhong, Weikang Huang, Zhihua Liu, Yueyun Wang
Public health and clinical implications of multidrug-resistant shigellosis cases in a reception centre for refugees/migrants, Greece, October–December 2019
Kassiani Mellou,
Georgia Mandilara, Anthi Chrysostomou, Kyriaki Tryfinopoulou, Theologia Sideroglou, Kleon Karadimas, Vasiliki Taxiarhoula Agiassoti, Dimitra Lamprou, Eleni Zampeta, Garyfallia Antoniou, Helen C Maltezou, George Panayiotakopoulos
Pol Rovira, Jürgen Rehm
Predicting difference in mean survival time from cause-specific hazard ratios for women diagnosed with breast cancer
Eeva-Liisa Røssell, Laura O Bornhøft, Mette Lise Lousdal, Henrik Støvring
Social inequalities in participation in cancer screening: does the mode of data collection matter? The CONSTANCES cohort
Ezequiel Aranda,
Jeanna-eve Franck, Virginie Ringa, Jeanne Sassenou, Mireille Coeuret-Pellicer, Laurent Rigal, Gwenn Menvielle

Global relationship between Mediterranean diet and the incidence and mortality of ischaemic heart disease
Ayako Sezaki,
Tomoko Imai, Keiko Miyamoto, Fumiya Kawase, Yoshiro Shirai, Chisato Abe, Masayo Sanada, Ayaka Inden, Takumi Kato, Norie Suzuki, Hiroshi Shimokata
Egg consumption associated with all-cause mortality in rural China: a 14-year follow-up study
Lishun Liu, Xiao Huang, Binyan Wang, Yun Song, Tengfei Lin, Ziyi Zhou, Huiyuan Guo, Ping Chen, Yan Yang, Wenhua Ling, Xianhui Qin, Genfu Tang, Chengzhang Liu, Jianping Li, Yan Zhang, J. David Spence, Yong Huo, Hao Zhang, Xiping Xu

Exploratory comparison of Healthcare costs and benefits of the UK’s Covid-19 response with four European countries
Howard Thom, Josephine Walker, Peter Vickerman, Will Hollingworth
Area-level indicators of income and total mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic
Fabio Riccardo Colombo
, Gianfranco Alicandro, Carlo La Vecchia
Ethnic minorities and COVID-19: examining whether excess risk is mediated through deprivation
Cameron Razieh, Francesco Zaccardi, Nazrul Islam, Clare L Gillies, Yogini V. Chudasama, Alex Rowlands, David E Kloecker, Melanie J Davies, Kamlesh Khunti, Thomas Yates
Assessing the indirect effects of COVID-19 on healthcare delivery, utilization and health outcomes: a scoping review
Charlotte M Roy
E. Brennan Bollman, Laura M Carson, Alexander J Northrop, Elizabeth F Jackson, Rachel T Moresky

Lifetime costs and lifetime net public expenditures of smoking
Susanne R Rasmussen, Jes Søgaard, Jakob Kjellberg
The extra costs associated with a cognitive impairment: Estimates from 15 OECD countries
Zachary A Morris
, Asghar Zaidi, Stephen McGarity

Dose–response association between adult height and all-cause mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies
Quanman Li, Yu Liu, Xizhuo Sun, Honghui Li, Cheng Cheng, Leilei Liu, Feiyan Liu, Qionggui Zhou, Chunmei Guo, Gang Tian, Ranran Qie, Minghui Han, Shengbing Huang, Linlin Li, Bingyuan Wang, Yang Zhao, Yongcheng Ren, Ming Zhang, Dongsheng Hu, Jian Wu, Jie Lu
STOP-sexual violence: evaluation of a community-based nightlife worker awareness raising bystander training programme
Zara Quigg, Mark A Bellis, Karen Hughes, Adam Kulhanek, Irma Brito, Kim Ross-Houle, Charlotte Bigland, Amador Calafat, Mariàngels Duch, the STOP-SV group

European Public Health News
Dineke Zeegers Paget, Iveta Nagyova, Dineke Zeegers Paget, Chris Brown, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, Hans Henri P Kluge, Stella Kyriakides, Floris Barnhoorn, Anthony Staines

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

Invitation to participate - COVID-19 Models and Social Determinants of Health: Evaluating Evidence to Inform Policy Decisions

The Western University in Ontario, Canada are looking to recruit decision makers or service providers working in the health system and infectious disease modellers to complete a survey aimed at understanding how COVID-19 models can inform policy decisions to reduce social disparities in the impact of the pandemic.
Participation in one of these anonymous surveys is completely voluntary, and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. No personal information will be collected, and all data will be grouped with other participants for publishing purposes.
Office of Human Research Ethics, Western University, (519) 661-3036, email:

[JOB OFFER] Principal Expert Public Health Foresight and Determinants

Unit: Scientific Methods and Standards
Reference: ECDC/AD/2021/SMS-PEPHFD
Deadline for application: 26 August 2021
The post is located in the Scientific Process and Methods (SPM) Section, within which the jobholder will report to the Head of Section. The SPM Section is based within the Scientific Methods and Standards Unit.
The jobholder will provide expertise and leadership on public
health foresight and determinants of infectious disease epidemiology and impact to inform strategic decisions and policy in the area of infectious disease prevention and control.
Learn more

Join the European Commission's Knowledge Centre on Cancer

Apply to join the KCC team as a public health data analys. The incumbent will design studies and methodologies to link different datasets with cancer registry data and contribute to other pillars of the KCC. Deadline for applications is 23/08/2021.
More information here
Apply here

7. Interesting news

How relaxing COVID-19 restrictions could pave the way for vaccine resistance

This new article published in Virulence describes how we are in an 'arms race' with the virus and how rising cases could provide opportunities for it to evolve into even more transmissible variants.

New research highlights "invisible crisis in children's mental health"

A new study published in Evidence-based mental health reveals that one in eight children have mental disorders requiring treatment and that even high-income countries are failing to provide most of these children with support.

How to Build a Global COVID-19 Surveillance Program

"Humankind remains behind the curve of knowledge on emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants, including their biologic properties, geographic prevalence, and rates of spread. This information is critical in order to produce well-matched and disease-preventing COVID-19 vaccines."

Revealed: EU Glyphosate assessment was based on flawed science

new scientific analysis concludes that the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) claim that glyphosate is not genotoxic cannot be justified on the basis of manufacturers’ studies. Of the 53 industry-funded studies used for the EU’s current authorization of glyphosate, 34 were identified as “not reliable”, 17 as “partly reliable” and only 2 studies as “reliable” from a methodological point of view.

8. Upcoming courses and conferences

Master's Programme in Public Health (one-year) 2021-2022
30 Aug 2021 / Umeå, Sweden
Organiser: Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Sweden

16th Annual meeting and 11th conference of HEPA Europe (WHO/Europe network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity)
1 Sep 2021 - 3 Sep 2021 / Nice, France
Organiser: HEPA Europe

IRCOBI European conference
8 Sep 2021 - 10 Sep 2021 / Munich Germany
Organiser: International Research Council of Biomechanics of Injury

Call for Abstracts for EHMA Annual Conference 2021
15 Sep 2021 - 17 Sep 2021 / Virtual event
Organiser: European Health Management Association (EHMA)

XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
19 Sep 2021 - 22 Sep 2021 / Toronto, Canada
Organiser: International Labour Organization (ILO); International Social September Security Association (ISSA); Institute for Work & Health (IWH) & Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)

8th RSS 2021 International Conference
22 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021 / Athens, Greece
Organiser: National Technical University of Athens, Road Safety Observatory September (NRSO) in cooperation with the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE)

Global Health Literacy Summit
3 Oct 2021 - 5 Oct 2021 / International Health Literacy Association, E-DA Healthcare Group, I-Shou University
Organiser: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

1st North American Conference on Integrated Care
4 Oct 2021 - 7 Oct 2021 / Virtual event
Organiser: IFIC, University of Toronto, KPMG Canada, HSPN and iCOACH

10th Europaediatrics Congress
7 Oct 2021 - 9 Oct 2021 / Online and Zagreb, Croatia
Organiser: EPA, UNEPSA

IASR/AFSP international summit on Suicide Research
24 Oct 2021 - 27 Oct 2021 / Barcelona, Spain
Organiser: International Academy of Suicide Research & American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

FERSI Conference 2021
28 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021 /
Organiser: Forum of European Road Safety Research Organisations (FERSI)

34th International Papillomavirus Conference & Basic Science, Clinical and Public Health Workshops (IPVC 2021)
15 Nov 2021 - 19 Nov 2021 / Online event
Organiser: International Papillomavirus Society

Expanded Focus for Occupational Safety and Health (Ex4OSH) 2021 conference
9 Dec 2021 - 11 Dec 2021 / Houston, United States
Organiser: Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, NIOSH Education and Research Center

EU Falls Festival- Falls prevention: Getting things done in practice
4 Apr 2022 - 5 Apr 2022 / Leuven, Belgium
Organiser: Centre of Expertise for Fall and Fracture Prevention Flanders

10th European Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (EU- Safety 2021)
23 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022 / Vienna, Austria
Organiser: EuroSafe in collaboration with the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV)

9. Interesting publications

Inequalities persist in Europe--and COVID-19 does not help

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health | Editorial | 9 July 2021
'Recent evidence of continuing inequalities by educational level in disability in Europe is disappointing. Further socioeconomic measures might reveal greater inequalities. [...] Assuming that there is inequity behind these inequalities, this, along with the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, reinforces the need for multisectoral action, collaboration and cooperation.'

Effect of smoke-free policies in outdoor areas and private places on children's tobacco smoke exposure and respiratory health: a systematic review and meta-analysis

The Lancet Public Health | 15 July 2021
Smoke-free policies in outdoor areas and semi-private and private places (e.g. cars) might reduce the health harms caused by tobacco smoke exposure (TSE). The authors aimed to investigate the effect of smoke-free policies covering outdoor areas or semi-private and private places on TSE and respiratory health in children, to inform policy.

Meat consumption and risk of ischemic heart disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition | Review | 20 July 2021
The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to quantitatively assess the associations of unprocessed red, processed meat, and poultry intake and risk of IHD in published prospective studies. [...] This study provides substantial evidence that unprocessed red and processed meat, though not poultry, might be risk factors for IHD.

What does public health really mean? Lessons from covid-19

The BMJ blogs | Opinion | 26 July 2021
The authors review the experience of covid-19 and put forth 10 principles of how the public health community should manage pandemics moving forward.

Vaping on TikTok: a systematic thematic analysis

Tobacco Control | Brief report | 26 July 2021
This study aimed to examine how e-cigarette/vaping-related videos are portrayed on TikTok.

Protecting women and girls from tobacco and alcohol promotion

The BMJ | Analysis | 19 July 2021
This paper focuses on industry’s targeting of women and girls in low and middle income countries as potential consumers of tobacco and alcohol.

Predictors of Vaccine Hesitancy: Implications for COVID-19 Public Health Messaging

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health | Review | 29 July 2021
"Based on the assortment of demographic and individual difference factors that contribute to vaccine hesitancy, public health communications must pursue a range of strategies to increase public confidence in available COVID-19 vaccines."

A public health approach to gambling regulation: countering powerful influences

The Lancet Public Health | Viewpoint | August 2021
In view of the well described commercial determinants of health and corporate behaviour, an immense effort will be needed to shift the gambling discourse to protect public health. In this Viewpoint, authors seek to advance this agenda by identifying elements that need challenging and stimulating debate.

10. European Commission news

Vaccinating the world: 'Team Europe' to share more than 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with low and middle-income countries by the end of 2021

Team Europe (the EU, its institutions and all 27 Member States) is on track to exceed this initial goal, with 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines foreseen to be shared with the countries that need them most, by the end of 2021.

Air Quality: Commission decides to refer GREECE to the Court of Justice of the European Union over poor air quality

On July 15th, the European Commission has decided to refer Greece to the Court of Justice of the European Union for poor air quality caused by high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
Air pollution remains the number one environmental health problem in the EU.

2020 Annual Report published: how the JRC tackled one-of-a-kind year

On July 29th, the Joint Research Centre has released its 2020 Annual Report. 2020 was a year of unprecedented challenges for Europe and the world. But it was also a year where Europe’s leading science and research shone through, helping the Commission take decisive action to meet the challenges and continue building a positive future together.

Launch of the European Commission's Knowledge Centre on Cancer (KCC)

The Knowledge Centre on Cancer of the European Commission was launched on June 30th. In case you have missed it, you can re-watch the session here.

New report: Loneliness doubles in Europe during the pandemic

One in four EU citizens reported feeling lonely most of the time during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Eurofound survey data analysed in a new report from the JRC.

Coronavirus: Commission steps up research funding with €120 million for 11 new projects to tackle the virus and its variants

The Commission has short-listed 11 new projects worth €120 million from Horizon Europe, the biggest European research and innovation programme (2021-2027), for supporting and enabling urgent research into the coronavirus and its variants. The 11 short-listed projects involve 312 research teams from 40 countries, including 38 participants from 23 countries outside of the EU.

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 26, 01 July 2021

Rapid communication
Benefits and risks associated with different uses of the COVID-19 vaccine Vaxzevria: a modelling study, France, May to September 2021
Neutralising capacity against Delta (B.1.617.2) and other variants of concern following Comirnaty (BNT162b2, BioNTech/Pfizer) vaccination in health care workers, Israel
A case of NDM-1-positive Kottbus, Denmark, November 2020
Retrospective cohort study investigating extent of pertussis transmission during a boarding school outbreak, England, December 2017 to June 2018
Trend in mandatory immunisation coverage: linear and joinpoint regression approach, Serbia, 2000 to 2017
Erratum for Euro Surveill. 2021;26(24)

Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 27, 08 July 2021

Rapid communication
Predicted dominance of variant Delta of SARS-CoV-2 before Tokyo Olympic Games, Japan, July 2021
SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibody testing in Europe: towards harmonisation of neutralising antibody titres for better use of convalescent plasma and comparability of trial data
An outbreak caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Delta (B.1.617.2) variant in a care home after partial vaccination with a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Vaxzevria, London, England, April 2021
Nanopore metagenomic sequencing of influenza virus directly from respiratory samples: diagnosis, drug resistance and nosocomial transmission, United Kingdom, 2018/19 influenza season
Job vacancy at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 28, 15 July 2021

Rapid communication
Real-world data shows increased reactogenicity in adults after heterologous compared to homologous prime-boost COVID-19 vaccination, March−June 2021, England
Rapid spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in some French regions, June 2021
Efficacy and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 infection: interim results of a living systematic review, 1 January to 14 May 2021
Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions against COVID-19 in Europe in 2020: a quasi-experimental non-equivalent group and time series design study

Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 29, 22 July 2021

Rapid communication
Low levels of respiratory syncytial virus activity in Europe during the 2020/21 season: what can we expect in the coming summer and autumn/winter?
Characteristics of the delayed respiratory syncytial virus epidemic, 2020/2021, Rhône Loire, France
Delayed respiratory syncytial virus epidemic in children after relaxation of COVID-19 physical distancing measures, Ashdod, Israel, 2021
Vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection in adults aged 65 years and older in primary care: I-MOVE-COVID-19 project, Europe, December 2020 to May 2021
Decline of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus detection in facility-based surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa, January to October 2020
Transmission of paediatric respiratory syncytial virus and influenza in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
Job vacancies at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 30, 29 July 2021

Rapid communication
An outbreak caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant (B.1.617.2) in a secondary care hospital in Finland, May 2021
Vaccine breakthrough infection and onward transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Beta (B.1.351) variant, Bavaria, Germany, February to March 2021
Author's correction
Authors’ correction for Euro Surveill. 2021;26(29)
Authors’ correction for Euro Surveill. 2021;26(24)

12. WHO news

New study by WHO/Europe and ECDC examines variations in antibiotic consumption in European countries between 2014 and 2018

The WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have released a report on the consumption of antibiotics in countries across the WHO European Region. The report highlights changes in consumption of antibiotics in many countries, but it also highlights the need for more detailed data to improve strategies to reduce antimicrobial consumption across the European Region.

Behavioural and cultural insights shed light on how the pandemic has left youth behind

"On top of the difficulties young people have faced, governments and health systems have struggled to meet their needs during the pandemic. This was the clear conclusion at the recent Policy Forum on Behavioural and Cultural Insights, which brought together Member States to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the Region’s youth on 10 June."

WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2021: New and Emerging Products

This report tracks the progress made by countries in tobacco control since 2008 and, for the first time, presents data on electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as ‘e-cigarettes’. The report shows that many countries are making progress in the fight against tobacco, but some are not addressing emerging nicotine and tobacco products and failing to regulate them.

WHO/Europe releases report on mechanisms for improving transparency of markets for medicines, vaccines and health products

This review identifies two mechanisms in place to improve the transparency of markets – price transparency and greater transparency of research and development costs. The review highlights the importance of transparency, among other recommendations such as price and cost monitoring.

Statement - Summit on COVID-19 impacts on mental health

Opening statement by Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe at Athens Summit on Mental Health.

WHO/Europe launches new guide to support stakeholders in health and sustainable development

The WHO Regional Office for Europe has launched the E4As Guide, helping to promote engagement with health and sustainable development among key stakeholders.

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