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Latest news related to COVID-19

Find on this page, the latest news related to the COVID-19 epidemic (Measures, initiatives and press articles)

In the context of the COVID-19 epidemic, BioWin, the Health Cluster of Wallonia, is concerned about the health of its ecosystem and the impact of this crisis on Life Science companies and organizations, both at regional and federal level.

In order to provide its members and contributors with the best possible information, the cluster will collect the most relevant information (measures, initiatives and press articles) on a daily basis and will share it below. This page will therefore be regularly updated. Stay tuned!

MEASURES 
(Regional and federal)

NEW! Yves Van Laethem: «Il n’y aura pas de vaccin pour tout le monde», le Conseil supérieur de la santé essaye de déterminer des groupes prioritaires.

NEW! The Walloon Government presented the Get Up Wallonia! initiative to respond to the emergencies related to Covid-19 and to prepare the future of Wallonia and its citizens. It pursues economic, social, environmental and territorial development objectives. Read more

• Walloon and federal measures for companies (article only available in french)

• Additional support measures: corporate income tax, legal entity tax, non-resident tax, personal income tax, VAT and withholding tax on earned income (article only available in french, dutch and german)

• The Bureau for Standardisation is digitally accessible to answer all your questions about standards

INITIATIVES AND PLATFORMS

Health initiatives and platforms are flourishing to answer unmet medical needs and shortage. You can find here the most relevant ones:

• The new governmental web-applications regarding critical products.

- If you have critical products to offer/sell, click here! 

- If you need critical products to protect your employees during essential interventions, inside or outside an hospital environment, click here!

• BioWin's interactive platform for centralization of health initiatives related to COVID-19

• Initiative of the UWE (Union Wallonne des Entreprises)

• Platform created by WeLL and MecaTech, as part of MedTech Wallonia, to support the fight against the COVID-19 crisis

• Free opening of the 150SoH platform by the Patient Numérique and OZ Consulting to list a maximum of digital solutions and fight against the crisis

Federal platform for provision of resources in the fight against COVID-19

EUROPEAN RECOMMENDATIONS, MEASURES AND INITIATIVES

• NOUVEAU! EU endorses €540 billion emergency plan. Le Vif

• #EUvsVirus Hackathon is a call to action to all citizens around the world regardless of origin and skill to participate in the fight against COVID-19: Demonstrate unity and share your skills for the common good across borders and generations! Let’s digitally open EU-borders during this collective challenge!

• COVID-19 outbreak - visit the European Research Area (ERA) corona platform for information on related research & innovation!

A European roadmap to lifting coronavirus containment measures 

BioM-COVID-19-Plattform: an exchange platform for finding partners, technologies and expertise in COVID-19 research projects companies, research institutions and hospitals by BIO-M (Munich)

BIO-RN (Heidelberg) created a form to fill in with your offers and search ads to figth COVID-19 pandemic

Horizon 2020 deadlines are postponed: NCP Wallonie launches a didactic tool to inform you! (FR)

Changes to European Regional Development Fund

Coronavirus: Commission waives customs duties and VAT on the import of medical equipment from non-EU countries

• Commission postpones application of the Medical Devices Regulation to prioritise the fight against coronavirus

The European Commission has just issued guidance for the production of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), leave-on hand cleaners and hand disinfectants and 3D printing

Postponement of deadlines for the 2020 Health and e-Health calls

• Authorisation scheme for the export of medical equipment from the EU

Norms can be dowloaded on CEN 's website and on NBN's website

• European standards for medical supplies made freely available to facilitate increase of production

• Follow the work of the EIT Health community in response to COVID-19 and connect with innovators throughout Europe to find and share resources

• European Science-Media Hub selection: reliable sources of information about Coronavirus

• Covid-19 Industrial Clusters Response Portal

INFORMATION FROM THE FAMHP

• 14/04/20 - Coronavirus : Alternative Test Protocol (ATP) for Surgical Masks

• 09/04/20 - Circular for care institutions on the (outsourcing of the) manufacture and reprocessing of medical devices and their accessories

• 07/04/20 - Coronavirus: Belgian directive for the reuse of surgical masks and FFP2/FFP3 masks in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic

• 25/03/20 - Click here to read all information from the FAMHP

• 25/03/20 - Belgian guideline for the management of clinical trials during the coronavirus pandemic

• 25/03/20 - European guidelines for the management of clinical trials during the coronavirus pandemic

Follow the news of our ecosystem during the COVID-19 epidemic

PRESS AND MEDIA

• 30/07/20: Coronavirus: l'immense espoir de l'immunothérapie. Le Vif

• 27/07/20: Un remède au Covid-19 financé par des Belges. L'Echo

• 24/07/20: Une protéine pour renforcer l'immunité des patients lourdement atteints de Covid-19. L'Echo

• 23/07/20: DevSide et Ixor décrochent le contrat pour l’app belge de contact tracing. L'Echo

• 21/07/20: Coronavirus: AstraZeneca espère livrer son vaccin prometteur d’ici à «la fin de l’année». Le Soir

• 20/07/20: Coronavirus : 6 catégories de symptômes pour estimer le risque d'hospitalisation (infographie). Le Vif

• 20/07/20: Deux projets de vaccins produisent une réponse immunitaire. L'Echo

• 20/07/20: GSK monte à bord de CureVac pour 143 millions d'euros. L'Echo

• 17/07/20: Nous avons testé le vaccin de CureVac contre le Covid-19: "Je suis la patiente BE-001-041". L'Echo

• 16/07/20: Une piste pour repérer quels patients risquent d'avoir une forme grave de coronavirus. Le Vif

• 15/07/20: Grippe saisonnière et Covid-19, double menace sur l'Europe. L'Echo

• 15/07/20: Coronavirus: Quelle serait l'efficacité du vaccin Moderna, premier à débuter la dernière phase de son essai clinique? Le Vif

• 15/07/20: «Nous avons commencé la deuxième vague», prévient un épidémiologiste. Le Soir

• 15/07/20: Coronavirus : des OGM dans les vaccins ? L'UE prévoit des dérogations pour accélérer la recherche. RTBF

• 14/07/20: La "banque de données santé" e-health sera adaptée pour le suivi des contacts des cas de coronavirus. RTBF

• 14/07/20: Coronavirus en Belgique: le nombre de cas augmente de 11% par jour. L'Echo

• 12/07/20: Une étude réduit les espoirs d'un vaccin contre le coronavirus: les anticorps pourraient ne pas durer. Le Vif

• 11/07/20: Tracing: l'appli KO-Vid, la solution belge (Keyrus Life Science - MyData-TRUST). Le Vif

• 09/07/20: Mise en quarantaine: à quelles conditions auprès de votre employeur? L'Echo

• 09/07/20: Un vaccin belge contre le Covid montre son efficacité sur des hamsters. Le Soir

• 08/07/20: "Un vaccin en 2020 ? Ne donnez pas de faux espoirs aux gens". Le Vif

• 07/07/20: L'UE en alerte sur les ventes en ligne de masques et gels. Le Trends

• 07/07/20: Coronavirus: l’immunité collective est encore loin, selon une étude sur les anticorps. Le Soir

• 06/07/20: Médicaments contre le coronavirus: déceptions en série dans les essais cliniques. Trends Tendances

• 06/07/20: Le coronavirus transmis dans l'air ? Des scientifiques appellent au principe de précaution. Le Vif

• 06/07/20: Immunité: comment l’organisme se défend contre le coronavirus. Le Soir

• 03/07/20: Le coronavirus actuel est plus infectieux que la version originale. Le Vif

• 02/07/20: Coronavirus : le point sur la pandémie dans le monde ce jeudi 2 juillet. RTBF

• 02/07/20: Comment le coronavirus impacte le cerveau et le système nerveux. Le Vif

• 02/07/20: Coronavirus : la Belgique se porte candidate pour gérer le stock stratégique de masques de l'UE. RTBF

• 02/07/20: Coronavirus : le point sur la pandémie dans le monde ce jeudi 2 juillet. RTBF

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