EC asks public on setting up health emergency preparedness authority
The consultation will run until 12 MayEuropost , Brussels
The Commission launched an online public consultation on the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), which objective is to improve Europe's capacity and readiness to respond to cross-border health threats and emergencies.
Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, commented that Covid-19 has revealed gaps in our collective preparedness and response. The Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority, EU's HERA, is a fundamental part of the solution that we need for the next health crisis to prepare better and respond more swiftly, together, she said adding that “HERA will strengthen our foresight, preparation, anticipation and response”.
The public is invited to answer questions on the EU's framework to develop, manufacture and deploy medical countermeasures, on anticipatory threat and risk assessments and on impact, role, scope and coordination of a future HERA, among others.
Preparing the ground for the new Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority, on 17 February the Commission launched the new European bio-defence preparedness plan against COVID-19 variants called “HERA Incubator.”
The consultation will run until 12 May.