Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global concern and continues to be a significant cross-border health threat. AMR is responsible for an estimated 33,000 deaths per year in the EU and estimated to cost the EU €1.5 billion per year in healthcare costs and productivity losses. The spread of new resistances, due to enhanced international travel, runs the risk of creating similar scenarios to that of COVID-19.
- On 11 March 2022, HaDEA signed a service contract with McKinsey Solutions for the preparation of a ‘Feasibility study on stockpiling of medical countermeasures in the area of AMR’.
- On 24 February 2022, HaDEA signed a service contract with PricewaterhouseCoopers EU Services EESV for the preparation of a ‘Study related to bringing AMR medical – counter measures to market’.
The European Commission is building a strong European Health Union. In order to achieve this goal, protection, prevention, preparedness and response against human health hazards is a top priority.
To this end, the Commission launched a new European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) for health emergencies, to develop, produce and procure medical countermeasures before and during a health crisis.
HERA aims to:
- Improve EU health security coordination before and during crises;
- Bring together the EU Member States, industry and relevant stakeholders;
- Develop, produce, procure, stockpile and equitably distribute medical countermeasures;
- Reinforce the global health emergency response architecture.
 EU Action on Antimicrobial Resistance, https://ec.europa.eu/health/antimicrobial-resistance/eu-action-antimicr….
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