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Coronavirus outbreak: impact on health

Event date: 07/05/2020

Coronavirus outbreak: impact on health

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has put European health systems under enormous strain, revealing gaps in the way public health emergencies are addressed however Parliament has consistently promoted a coherent EU public health policy.

The European Commission's proposal for a new EU Health programme, EU4Health, aims to fill these gaps. EU4Health's three main priorities are: tackling cross-border health threats; making medicines available and affordable; and strengthening health systems.

News history

MEPs to call for measures to tackle impact of COVID-19-outbreak on care homes

During a joint ENVI - ITRE committee, Members participate in a public hearing on 'How to secure access to COVID-19 vaccines for EU citizens: clinical trials, production and distribution challenges', in the European Parliament in Brussels.

MEPs exchange of views with the Commission on the EU vaccines strategy, including the state of play on the Vaccines Advance Purchase Agreement

During the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), MEPs participate in an exchange of views with Dr Andrea Ammon, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), in the European Parliament in Brussels.

During the plenary session (8-10 July 2020) in Brussels, MEPs debate a much-needed overhaul of the EU’s public health policy with Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

MEPs exchange views during a meeting of the EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

MEPs debate on EU Strategy for COVID-19 vaccines during a meeting of the EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

During the plenary session (13-16 May 2020), MEPs discuss vaccines and therapeutics in the context of Covid-19.

During the plenary session (13-16 May 2020) MEPs discuss use of contact tracing apps in the fight against the coronavirus