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New EU health authority to respond rapidly to future health threats

HERA, the new EU health authority inspired by the US counterpart BARDA, is tasked with anticipating and preparing for future health emergencies.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission | Photo: Yves Herman/AFP / POOL

Next time a global health crisis looms, the EU must react faster and better, ensuring that Europe isn't hit as hard again, as seen during the coronavirus pandemic.

This is why the European Commission launched the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority, known as HERA, on Thursday.

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