The European Commission creates the HERA

While the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over, Europe is preparing for future cross-border health threats. The 27 establish the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA).

To prevent a local epidemic from turning into a global pandemic, the European Commission is setting up the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA). This initiative is part of efforts to address the gaps of the 27 in emergency preparedness and crisis response.

“Investing in health is our future. We will ensure that HERA has the necessary financial strength, with 6 billion euros over the next six years coming from the multi-year funding fund. This amount will reach almost 30 billion euros if we take into account investments in health security, preparedness and response through other European programs “, says Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.

A lack was felt

Under its aegis, the competent national authorities are expected to work together. The objective is to bring innovation, scientific capacity and knowledge of the private sector upstream of a health crisis while bringing added value to existing organizations.

“At the start of the crisis, we lacked the industrial capacity necessary at all levels of the European Union to manage a plan and a program of this magnitude. We missed it. It is true that we had to create step by step, but we did it. It worked. Of course, it has nothing to do with independent agencies like EMA or ECDC.”, Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market.

Since the end of 2019, the Covid-19 pandemic has killed nearly 4.65 million people worldwide, according to Agence France Presse (AFP). For the future of Europe, it is vital not to be caught off guard, but it remains to be seen whether it will ever be possible to be fully prepared for the unforeseeable.

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