In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has put European health systems under enormous pressure and gaps have been showed up in the way public health emergencies are addressed. The EU is working on how to secure access to COVID-19 vaccines for all and the Parliament supported speedy authorisation of safe vaccines. Also, MEPs paved the way for an effective EU health programme, called "EU4Health" (for 2021-2027), which 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.
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