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The European Commission calls for more coordination among Member States in the face of the Covid-19



           


Ursula von der Leyen calls on Member States to coordinate their efforts in the face of the pandemic (Photo: European Commission)
Ursula von der Leyen calls on Member States to coordinate their efforts in the face of the pandemic (Photo: European Commission)
EU. Ursula von der Leyen called on Thursday, October 29, 2020, the member states to "act coherently throughout the European Union" in the face of the resurgence of the pandemic. "The situation is serious. The number of cases is increasing, the number of hospitalizations is increasing, the number of deaths is increasing (...) the spread of the virus will overwhelm our health systems if we do not act urgently," the President of the European Commission stressed.

For example, if we share more data on the capacity of intensive care units and on cases where there is insufficient capacity, we can increase cross-border patient care and organize it early enough. So, the more information countries share, the better we can coordinate the response. The European Commission is providing €220 million to fund these cross-border transfers of Covid-19 patients.

Ursula von der Leyen unveils the launch of a platform to bring together the specialists advising each national government and the experts advising the European Union. She also calls for joint work on tests and their validation at EU level, particularly for rapid antigen detection tests. "This will allow us to have mutual recognition of test results across the European Union. And this, of course, is important, especially when essential travel takes place," emphasizes the President of the European Commission.
 

Covid-19 traceability at the European level

Twenty-two Member States have developed, or are in the process of developing, a tracking application.  "The Commission has created a European portal for interoperability between Member States. Three applications have been connected since Monday and during November, nineteen others will join this European portal," says Ursula von der Leyen. "At present, we have about fifty million downloads for smartphone owners. But that's not enough. We therefore need widespread coverage in the European Union. That's why I have asked the leaders of each country to encourage mass adoption by citizens, and therefore mass downloading of the application by smartphone owners, and that we need to connect the applications to our gateway so that all the applications communicate and we have interoperability across the European Union," she continued.

The European Commission will propose a passenger location form to be tested in November 2020 in a pilot project. "Our goal is to have this form (...) available at European level by the end of the year," says Ursula von der Leyen.

On the vaccine side, she hopes for rapid validation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which should move towards "a continuous review of new vaccines (...) with a continuous review to speed up the procedure without having shortcuts".

 


Frédéric Dubessy


Friday, October 30th 2020



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