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Coronavirus outbreak: impact on health

Event date: 07/05/2020

Coronavirus outbreak: impact on health

In the rapidly evolving pandemic, the whole world was caught by surprise by the force and the rapidity of spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Covid - 19). That could lead to the situation that even basic personal protective equipment, essential for medical staff and civil protection workers, ran out of stock. The EU therefore decided to create a first-ever common European reserve of medical equipment, and help out Member States facing shortages.

The EU released 48.5 mn euros emergency research funding to advance the knowledge for the clinical and public health response to the new corona virus epidemic. Further 90 mn euros in public and private funds will be made available for therapeutics and diagnostics via the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).

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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