Coronavirus: a timeline of EU action in 2021

Check out our timeline to find out how the EU is tackling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in 2021.

Discover what action the EU is taking in 2021 for the roll-out of vaccines and treatment, to boost the economy, employment, society, travel and transport and to help its partners worldwide to fight Covid-19.

Covid-19 timeline 2021

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    • Travel and transport

    Vaccination certificates to be valid for nine months

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Fifth Covid-19 vaccine authorised

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Another acceleration of vaccine delivery

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Acceleration of vaccine deliveries

    • Vaccines and treatment

    MEPs urge EU countries to pursue vaccination of population

    • Economy

    EU support for SMEs amounts to €29 billion in 2020, shows report

    • Vaccines and treatment

    EU strengthens its disease prevention and control capacity

    • Vaccines and treatment

    New monitoring mechanism for vaccine export

    • Travel and transport

    Better coordination of travel in the EU

    • Travel and transport

    Travel from outside the EU

    • Economy

    Extra funds for recovery and vaccination in EU budget for 2022

    • Economy

    Support for economic recovery

    • Employment and society

    Plan for food supply in times of crisis

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Green light for two new Covid-19 therapeutics

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Contract with Valneva

    • EU global response

    €90 million for Albania

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Reinforcing role of European Medicines Agency

    • EU global response

    EU provides €600 million to Ukraine

    • Vaccines and treatment

    EU establishes portfolio of 10 most promising Covid treatments

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Parliament wants more transparent vaccine policies

    • Economy

    MEPs want focus on Covid-19 recovery in EU's 2022 budget

    • Travel and transport

    More than 591 million EU Digital Covid certificates issued

    • EU global response

    €36.4 million to tackle Covid-19 in the Republic of Moldova

    • EU global response

    US and EU cooperate on global vaccination

    • Vaccines and treatment

    EU signs contract for the supply of a monoclonal antibody treatment

    • Vaccines and treatment

    EU launches Hera

    • EU global response

    €34 billion disbursed to partner countries

    • Vaccines and treatment

    European Health Union: better disease prevention and cross-border cooperation

    • Vaccines and treatment

    70% of the EU adult population is fully vaccinated

    • EU global response

    Additional €41 million in humanitarian aid to fight the pandemic

    • EU global response

    EU countries help Tunisia

    • EU global response

    EU helps to speed up vaccination in Eastern Partnership countries

    • Vaccines and treatment

    New contract for a potential Covid-19 vaccine with Novavax

    • EU global response

    EU mobilises €5.5 million for Lebanon

    • Economy

    EU simplifies rules for state aid

    • Vaccines and treatment

    €120 million for 11 new research projects

    • EU global response

    EU supports vaccine production in Africa

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Reinforcing the European Medicines Agency's mandate

    • Travel and transport

    EU Digital Covid Certificate in use

    • EU global response

    EU helps with vaccine delivery for Kosovo

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Court orders AstraZeneca to urgently deliver 50 million doses of vaccine

    • Travel and transport

    EU Digital Covid Certificate signed into law

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Parliament calls for temporary Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver

    • Travel and transport

    Parliament approves the EU Digital Covid Certificate

    • Travel and transport

    MEPs discuss EU Digital Covid Certificate

    • Vaccines and treatment

    EU wants a strong multilateral trade response to the pandemic

    • Travel and transport

    EU gateway for EU Digital Covid Certificate goes live

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Additional 1.8 billion doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine

    • EU global response

    Support to Nepal

    • Travel and transport

    EU Digital Covid Certificate: Parliament and Council reach deal

    • Vaccines and treatment

    MEPs discuss waiver of patents for vaccines and medical products against Covid-19

    • Travel and transport

    Parliament ready for negotiations on EU Covid-19 certificate

    • EU global response

    EU provides medical equipment to India

    • EU global response

    EU supports vaccination campaigns in Africa with €100 million

    • EU global response

    EU provides vaccines for Western Balkans

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Agreement on faster vaccines delivery

    • Vaccines and treatment

    €123 million for research into coronavirus variants

    • Travel and transport

    New strategy for tourism

    • Travel and transport

    EU countries agreed on technical specifications for EU Covid-19 certificate

    • Travel and transport

    Travel certificate proposal

    • Vaccines and treatment

    MEPs question experts on Covid-19 variants

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Johnson & Johnson vaccine authorised

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Up to 4 million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine

    • Vaccines and treatment

    New health programme approved

    • EU global response

    EU helps Moldova, Montenegro and North Macedonia

    • Vaccines and treatment

    MEPs question pharma CEOs on vaccine delivery

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Up to 300 million additional doses of Moderna vaccine

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Preparedness plan for new Covid-19 variants

    • Vaccines and treatment

    MEPs call for urgent measures to ramp up vaccine production

    • Economy

    Recovery and Resilience Facility adopted

    • Travel and transport

    Relief measures for aviation

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Transparency about vaccine supplies

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Mechanism for exports of Covid-19 vaccines

    • Vaccines and treatment

    AstraZeneca vaccine authorised

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Guidelines on proof of vaccination

    • Economy

    Flexibility under state aid rules

    • Employment and society

    Aid for those in need

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Call for more solidarity and transparency

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Up to 300 million additional doses of BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine

    • Vaccines and treatment

    Moderna vaccine authorised