High hopes for Europe’s new Health Emergency and Response Authority

Will the creation of a new EU body to tackle cross-border health threats guarantee the bloc will mount a better and more coordinated response to the next pandemic?

At the onset of the covid-19 pandemic, the European Union (EU) did not present itself from its best and most unified side. Uncoordinated border closures, export bans on medical supplies, and a lack of cross-border contact tracing were just some examples of the failures to find a common response to a threat that did not stop at borders.1

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YFG Interview: The role of governance to enhance resilience of health systems in Europe

In this episode of YFG interview series, Aysel Rahimli, Programme Coordinator of Human Resource for Health projects from Wemos, interviews Matthias Wismar of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. Matthias shares his views on what is the role of governance in building resilient health systems, how to enhance solidarity and engagement with civil society, both during and beyond COVID-19 crises.