Commission sets out key actions for a united front to beat COVID-19

12/02/2021 11 Views
Commission sets out key actions for a united front to beat COVID-19

The Commission set out a number of actions needed to step up the fight against the pandemic. In a communication adopted on 19 January 2021, the Commission called on EU member states to accelerate the roll-out of vaccination across the EU: by March 2021, at least 80% of people over the age of 80, and 80% of health and social care professionals in every Member State should be vaccinated. And by summer 2021, Member States should have vaccinated a minimum of 70% of the adult population and reach herd immunity.

  • By March 2021, at least 80% of people over the age of 80, and 80% of health and social care professionals in every Member State, should be vaccinated.
  • By summer 2021, Member States should have vaccinated 70% of the entire adult population.
  • The Commission, Member States and the EMA will work with companies to use the EU’s potential for increased vaccine manufacturing capacity to the fullest.
  • The Commission is working with Member States on vaccination certificates, in full compliance with EU data protection law, which can support the continuity of care. A common approach is to be agreed by the end of January 2021 to allow Member States’ certificates to be rapidly useable in health systems across the EU and beyond.

Testing and genome sequencing

  • Member States should update their testing strategies to account for new variants and expand the use of rapid antigen tests.
  • Member States should urgently increase genome sequencing to at least 5% and preferably 10% of positive test results. At present, many Member States are testing under 1% of samples, which is not enough to identify the progression of the variants or detect any new ones.

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