To exploit the full potential of contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections across borders and save lives, the Commission, at the invitation by EU Member States, has set up an EU-wide system to ensure interoperability – a so-called ‘gateway'.
As Europe learns to live with the pandemic, the development and swift global deployment of safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 remains an essential element in the eventual solution to the public health crisis.
John F. Ryan, Director of the EC Directorate for Public Health, talks about the Commission’s work in the field of mental health, including a new Joint Action in Mental Health and a new stakeholders’ group on the EU Health Policy Platform that specifically addresses mental health issues in light of COVID-19.
Stefan Schreck, Head of Unit of Health promotion, disease prevention, financial instruments, talks to us ahead of World Heart Day on 29 September. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of premature death around the world.
Findings presented in the scientific Opinion will feed into the Commission’s reporting obligations under Article 28 of the TPD and help the EC in assessing the potential need for legislative amendments under the Directive or other regulatory/enforcement measures. Deadline for comments is 26 October 2020.
EUnetHTA has recently published its first “rolling collaborative reviews” for 14 pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical (e.g. convalescent plasma) therapies available for COVID-19.
To exploit fully the potential of mobile proximity contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections and save lives, the Commission is setting up an interoperability gateway service linking national apps across the EU.
The preliminary Opinion will be open for public consultation from 26 October to 7 December 2020. Deadline for registration to the Hearing: 16 October 2020.
Interview of John F. Ryan, Director of Public Health, Country Knowledge and Crisis Management (European Commission - DG Health and Food Safety).
The Health Policy Platform will host a webinar on "EU Vaccine Strategy" with keynote speech from Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety on Friday 18 September at 14.00 CET Brussels time.