Emphasising the importance of lessons to be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Europe must build a stronger health union.
Von der Leyen stressed the importance of future-proofing and properly funding a stronger, more complete EU4Health programme. Von der Leyen also discussed potentially reinforcing the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and strengthening the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Von der Leyen pledged to build a European BARDA (Agency for Biomedical Advanced Research and Development) in order to enhance Europe’s capacity to respond to cross-border threats.
Finally, the Commission President asked for a mature debate on new competences for the European Union in the field of health as part of the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe.
President von der Leyen commended cooperation on vaccines against COVID19 remarking that the European Commission managed to bring together more than 40 countries to raise €16 billion to finance research, tests and treatments for the whole world.« Back