Coronavirus Notebook: EU Industry Claims ‘Undeniable’ Role Of IP, UK Targets Younger At-Risk Groups For Vaccination
Draft EU legislation on tackling cross-border health threats has taken another step forward, as health authorities say the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be the “globally dominant strain” over the coming months.
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Proposals for establishing a ‘European Health Union’ include measures to give the EU regulator more say in monitoring and mitigating potential and actual shortages of drugs and devices in the event of serious public health crises.
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