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EU launches health emergencies agency with R&D on the agenda

    

Agency will start off on €1 billion a year and will coordinate pandemic preparedness research

The European Commission has officially launched a new EU health agency first trailed last September as part of a range of measures to ensure the bloc is better able to cope with future disease outbreaks like the Covid-19 pandemic.

The European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority will receive funding of €6 billion directly from the EU budget over the next six years to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to health emergencies, the Commission announced on 16 September.

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