EC seeks more joint purchasing of vaccines and "health emergency" powers
This article was originally published in Scrip
The European Commission has formally proposed a joint procurement mechanism to help member states buy vaccines and other medical products at advantageous rates and on an equitable basis in health emergencies. The proposal will also allow the EU to declare its own "health emergency", which would allow products for threats like new flu viruses to be approved more quickly.
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