Press conference at the ERCC ECHO by President Ursula von der Leyen, and Commissioners Janez Lenarcic, Stella Kyriakides, Ylva Johansson, Adina Valean, and Paolo Gentiloni on the EU’s response to COVID-19. https://www.eudebates.tv/debates/eu-policies/health-eu-policies/coronavirus-italy-on-high-alert-and-eu-tests-its-readiness-for-covid-19/ #eudebates #coronavirusitalla #Covid_19 #coronavirus #CoronavirusOutbreak #Corona #COVD19 #Health #EUCO #COVID
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control – ECDC
ECDC was created in 2005 but the idea of creating a European public health agency emerged already in 2003 when the SARS outbreak posed a serious threat to Europe. It became clear that there was an urgent need for a better coordination of the Member States’ response to the outbreak and scientific advice on options to control such an outbreak at the EU level.
ECDC’s main role as an agency of the European Union is to strengthen Europe’s defences against communicable diseases. Over the last ten years, ECDC has been working together with all EU/EEA countries in response to public health threats and emerging diseases.
One of the biggest achievements has been to make available Europe-wide data to all stakeholders, with the launch of the European Surveillance System (TESSy). ECDC centralised the previous Dedicated Surveillance Networks and replaced the 17 data collection systems into one system for the collection, validation, cleaning, analysis and dissemination of data from all EU/EEA countries.
The president of the European Commission said Monday that the EU’s disease prevention agency had raised the bloc’s risk level to high, as the coronavirus continues to spread. Ursula von der Leyen told a news conference in Brussels that the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control had raised its risk level up from moderate, with more than 2,100 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in 18 of the 27 EU states. EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides confirmed Monday 38 EU citizens had died as a result of the flu-like virus.
European Commission forms Corona response team against Covid-19.
Following the developments in Italy, the Commission is stepping up its support to Member States in the context of the on-going work on preparedness, contingency and response planning.
Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety said: “In view of the rapidly evolving situation, we stand ready to increase our assistance. In this vein, a joint expert mission of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organisation will depart to Italy this week to support the Italian authorities.”
The European Commission is working on all fronts to support efforts to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes ongoing coordination with Member States to share information, assess needs and ensure a coherent EU-wide response. The Commission is also funding research, offering support through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and supporting China with emergency medical supplies to tackle the outbreak at its source.
The risk for people living or travelling in Europe to be infected with the COVID-19 has been leveled up by the European Center for Disease Prevention Control (ECDC), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Monday.
According to the daily ECDC risk assessment published on Monday, the risk associated with COVID-19 infection for people in the EU/EEA and UK is currently considered “moderate to high”. In its previous assessment published on Feb. 23, the assessment was low to moderate.
“In other words the virus continues to spread,” von der Leyen told a press conference in Brussels.
The ECDC has made the assessment on a daily basis for more than a week, since the outbreak of the epidemic in northern Italy. So far more than 20 European countries have reported COVID-19 infection cases.
Praising the efforts made by the European Commission to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, von der Leyen also announced the establishment of a COVID-19 response team that comprises high-profile commissioners
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that the European Union decided to increase the risk the coronavirus poses from “moderate” to “high.”
Speaking at a press conference, Von der Leyen also announced the EU is establishing a Corona Response Team which will focus on tackling the virus. The team will consist of Janez Lenarcic, who will be in charge of crisis management, Stella Kyriakidesis in charge of all health issues, Ylva Johansson in charge of border-related issues, Adina Valean in charge of mobility and Paolo Gentiloni in charge of macroeconomic aspects.
The announcement comes as the COVID-19 continues to spread across the continent with Italy as the most affected country with over 1,700 confirmed cases, followed by Germany and France where 150 and 130 people have contracted the disease, respectively.