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Interview: Perfecting pandemic preparedness

Image: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Europe’s disease-control agency boss Andrea Ammon on learning lessons from the pandemic

In 2003 an outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) virus sparked fears of a serious health threat ripping through Europe. Although leaders’ worst fears did not come to pass—according to the World Health Organization, by July that year there were only 31 probable cases in the EU—the European Commission warned that the outbreak had exposed “major weaknesses in health infrastructures”.

To better prepare for such an outbreak in the future, two years later the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control was created.

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