With sufficient resources, the establishment of a Health Emergency Response Authority (HERA) - announced last November as one of the first steps toward building a European Health Union - constitutes an initial response to this state of affairs. More fundamentally, however, industrial strategy must henceforth be an integral part of health crisis preparedness.
As for the calls for a renationalization of vaccine procurement, heard in Germany and elsewhere, these are not only incongruous but inexcusable
If a European Health Union is ever justified, it is in such times of emergency, when citizens demand efficient and coordinated action
Europeans are stronger united than separated.
In a situation as critical as the one we are experiencing, the pooling of emergency resources is a considerable step forward by the European Union - in the same way that the pooling of funds for economic recovery is. The emergence of a European Health Union is a future cornerstone of what should be a "European Security Union", one that deals effectively and efficiently with the vital needs of its citizens in times of emergency, without discrimination and without letting "every man fend for himself".
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