The EU created a body to prevent crises like COVID-19
The European Commission has announced the launch of the European Health Emergency Readiness Authority (HERA) to prevent, detect and respond quickly to health emergencies.
The EC said in a statement on its website.
"HERA will anticipate threats and potential health crises by gathering intelligence and building the necessary response capacity," the statement said.
In the event of an emergency, HERA will ensure the development, production, and distribution of drugs, vaccines, and other medical measures, such as gloves and masks, which were often lacking in the first phase of the coronavirus response.
By early 2022, the new agency will identify and respond to at least three high-impact threats and address possible gaps in medical countermeasures.
HERA is set up as an internal structure of the European Commission. It will be fully operational in early 2022. By 2027, 6 billion euros from the EU budget are envisaged for the organization's work.
Earlier, the European Commission announced the allocation of another 200 million doses of vaccines for low- and middle-income countries by the middle of next year.
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