The new framework agreement for the supply of influenza vaccine under the new EU Joint Procurement Agreement was concluded by the European Commission and 15 EU countries. This is reported on the website of the European Commission.
“Today’s signature signals a new era in the access of EU citizens to pandemic influenza vaccines. Member States signing the contracts can rest assured that their citizens will have access to vaccines in case of an influenza pandemic at the best price available. This is one additional example where acting together we get stronger and achieve more,” said Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.
Therefore, according to the agreements, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain representing around half of the EU population, will receive vaccines in case of an influenza pandemic on time and at the best price.
The goal of these efforts is to increase Member States’ preparedness to mitigate serious cross-border threats to public health and to take coordinated action to outrun such threats.
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