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22 May, 2024
 
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Kyriakides and Becerra: EU and US establish joint health task force

New collaboration aims to strengthen supply chains and infrastructure while addressing critical health issues

The European Union and the United States have established a new joint health working group to collaborate on cancer, global health threats, and related supply chains and infrastructure, officials announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

The task force was formed following a cooperation agreement signed last June to address health emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakidou met with US Health Secretary Xavier Becerra in Brussels to launch the initiative.

The task force has already set up two working groups focused on childhood and young adult cancer and lung cancer, aiming to cover prevention, detection, and care. The initial meetings of these working groups took place online on May 10.

Working groups for other priority areas are still in the process of being established, according to the statement, and women's rights and reproductive health are also among the priorities.

The EU and US stated that they seek to build "resilient global mechanisms" to address health threats, including bird flu, Marburg disease, antimicrobial resistance, and post-COVID-19 conditions.

 

[Source: Official Announcement]

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