European Health Union: Commission secures almost 3.5 million COVID-19 treatments through joint procurement contract

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission’s Health Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) has signed a joint procurement Framework Contract for the supply of Paxlovid, a SARS-CoV-2 protease inhibitor oral treatment for patients with COVID-19 at risk of developing severe disease. The contract is signed with the pharmaceutical […]

European Health Union: HERA secures up to 2 million doses of the monkeypox vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission’s Health Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), has signed a Joint Procurement Framework contract with the company Bavarian Nordic, for the supply of up to 2 million doses of the monkeypox vaccine in the course of 2023 and 2024. This offers 14 […]

European Health Union: A new EU approach on cancer detection – screening more and screening better

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, as part of the EU Cancer Screening Scheme to be put forward under Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the Commission presents a new approach to support Member States increasing the uptake of cancer screening. Focusing on detection of cancers at an early stage, the […]

European Health Union: HERA signs Joint Procurement contract for Pandemic Influenza Vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission, via its Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority, signed a framework contract for the joint procurement of Adjupanrix, a pandemic influenza vaccine, with the pharmaceutical company GSK. 12 Member States and other joint procurement countries are participating in the agreement, […]

European Health Union: Political agreement on the Serious Cross-Border Threats to Health Regulation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council today on the Serious Cross-Border Threats to Health Regulation. The new rules are providing the EU with a comprehensive legal framework to govern joint action on preparedness, surveillance, risk assessment, […]

European Health Union: HERA launches first work plan with €1.3 billion for preparedness and response to health emergencies in 2022

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The new European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) today presents its first annual work plan, which will have a budget of €1.3 billion in 2022 to prevent, prepare for and rapidly respond to cross-border health emergencies. Following the adoption of the 2022 […]

European Health Union: new rules to improve clinical trials in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of Monday 31 January,  the assessment and supervision of clinical trials throughout the EU will be harmonised, notably via a Clinical Trials Information System (CTIS) run by the European Medicines Agency. On this date the Regulation on Clinical Trials will enter into application. This Regulation will improve conducting […]

European Health Union: Commission welcomes agreement on a stronger European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Last night, the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on a reinforced role for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The revised ECDC mandate will allow the agency to take a stronger role in supporting the EU and its […]

European Health Union: green light for two new COVID-19 therapeutics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has given a positive opinion on two COVID-19 treatments – Ronapreve and Regkirona – identified by the Commission as promising therapeutics under the EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics. Both are treatments for use during the early stages of […]

European Health Union: Commission welcomes agreement on a stronger European Medicines Agency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on a reinforced role for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in preparation for and during health crises. The revised EMA mandate will allow the Agency to closely monitor and mitigate shortages of medicines […]

European Health Union: Commission establishes portfolio of 10 most promising treatments for COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Delivering on a key action from the EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics, the Commission is today establishing a portfolio of 10 potential COVID-19 therapeutics. The list established is based on independent scientific advice, and focuses on COVID-19 treatment candidates that are likely to be […]

European Health Union: European Commission welcomes step towards better access to medicines and medical devices during crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Council has adopted its position on the November 2020 Commission proposal to give the European Medicines Agency (EMA) a stronger role in crisis preparedness and management. This proposal would allow the EMA to facilitate activities such as monitoring and mitigating the risk […]

European Health Union: Commission publishes open public consultation on the European Health Data Space

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission published an open public consultation on the European Health Data Space (EHDS) – an important building block of the European Health Union. The EHDS aims to make full use of digital health to provide high-quality healthcare and reduce inequalities. It will […]

Building a European Health Union: Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is taking the first steps towards building the European Health Union announced by President von der Leyen in her State of the Union address. The Commission is putting forward a set of proposals to strengthen the EU’s health security framework, […]