EU Bodies Agree Clearer Rules On Joint Procurement Of Vaccines & Treatments
The new regulation on cross-border threats to health is the final part of the European Health Union, along with strengthened roles for the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Its aim is to ensure collective EU action on preparedness, surveillance, risk assessment, and early warning and response in the event of health emergencies.
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Europe is stepping up its efforts to prepare for future health crises. A new parliamentary committee will look at how to make the most of the lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic, while EU health ministers will next week discuss “vaccine solidarity” and the draft regulation on cross-border threats to health.
A new EU regulation has come into effect, giving the European Medicines Agency wider powers to monitor, prevent and manage shortages of medicines and medical devices in public health emergencies. A number of steering groups and other bodies and networks are being set up to put the new systems into action.
Transparency on COVID-19 vaccine funding, pricing and procurement is vital if vaccine hesitancy and disinformation are to be countered, say EU parliamentarians.