The European Commission explained what it would do with more power over health policy. Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides told about this at a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday, November 11, DW reported.
According to Health Commissioner, the EU would be able to declare its own health emergencies independent of the World Health Organization; create EU-wide pandemic preparedness plans; develop a new agency for health emergencies; require countries to submit more health data (for example, hospital bed availability and critical-care capacity); allow the EU’s infectious disease agency to actually make policy recommendations to member countries; and task the EU’s medicines agency with managing shortages of medicines and medical devices.
"We all witnessed the effects of the uncoordinated national measures during the first weeks and months of the outbreak", she stated.
Commissioner Kyriakides tried to show that the proposals — from the EU-wide pandemic preparedness plan to the new health emergency agency — are what citizens want.
“2020 will forever be remembered as the year the worst global health crisis in modern times broke out,” she said. “But I would also like it to be remembered as the year where we listened and lived up to citizens’ demands for more Europe in the area of public health.”
As we reported earlier, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has asked world leaders to prepare for the next pandemic.
"We must prepare for the next pandemic now," WHO stated in a news release.
"We've seen this past year that countries with robust health emergency preparedness infrastructure have been able to act quickly to contain and control the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus," the statement reads.