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Protecting citizens’ health- Lessons learned from COVID-19 and the way forward

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Friday, 22 January 2021
 10:30 - 11:15
By invitation only


Stella Kyriakides
European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety


Hans Martens
Senior Adviser, European Policy Centre

The past year has shown how crucial health is for societies and economies to thrive, underscoring the vital importance of strong and performing health systems to keep citizens safe and healthy. The COVID-19 pandemic has put European health systems under huge pressure, exposing their unpreparedness and structural weaknesses. It has also revealed significant differences in national capacities to cope with cross-border health threats and the lack of a common European approach. To address these shortcomings, the Commission has put forward the first building blocks towards a better prepared European Union in the field of health.
What are the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and the way forward to improving Europe’s resilience against health threats? What is needed to build a strong EU public health strategy in the COVID-19 era? At this CHES Annual Lecture, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides will discuss the efforts to protect citizens’ health in the context of the pandemic and reflect on the way forward to support health systems and promote good health in Europe. The event will be moderated by Hans Martens, Chair of CHES and EPC Senior Adviser.


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