The EU4Health programme was adopted as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to reinforce crisis preparedness in the EU. The pandemic has a major impact on patients, medical and healthcare staff, and health systems in Europe. The new EU4Health programme will go beyond crisis response to address healthcare systems’ resilience.
EU4Health aims to invest in urgent health priorities and other areas, such as health systems’ digitalisation, reducing the number of antimicrobial-resistant infections, and to improve vaccination rates.
As part of this progrmme, the EU will invest €5.3 billion in current prices in actions with an EU added value, complementing EU countries’ policies and pursuing one or several of EU4Health´s objectives:
- To improve and foster health in the Union
- To protect the Union and tackle cross-border health threats
- To improve medicinal products, medical devices and crisis-relevant products
- To strengthen health systems, their resilience and resource efficiency
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