18 Mar 2020

Commission launches scientific expert team to strengthen EU COVID-19 coordination

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On 17 March 2020, the European Commission launched an advisory panel on COVID-19 composed of epidemiologists and virologists from different Member States to formulate EU guidelines on science-based and coordinated risk management measures. This panel, which was created following a mandate by EU Member States, will be chaired by the Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, and co-chaired by Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. The panel will provide advice to the Commission on the following:

       
  • Formulation of response measures to be addressed to all Member States in line with the different stages of the epidemic in the EU as a whole and taking into account particular Member State contexts;
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  • Identification and mitigation of significant gaps, inconsistencies or inadequacies in measures taken or to be taken to contain and manage the spread of COVID-19, including in clinical management and treatment, and overcome its impact;
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  • Prioritisation of health care, civil protection and other resources as well as support measures to be organised or coordinated at EU level;
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  • Subsequently, recommendation of policy measures for addressing and mitigating long-term consequences of COVID-19.

The panel is composed of seven members from six Member States who will act in their personal capacities and independently:

       
  • Arnaud Fontanet (France)
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  • Christian Drosten (Germany)
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  • Kåre Mølbak (Denmark)
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  • Lothar H. Wieler (Germany)
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  • Maria Rosaria Capobianchi (Italy)
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  • Marion Koopmans (Netherlands)
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  • Peter Piot (Belgium).

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) will participate as observers.

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