The European Union and the United States launch a joint health working group

The Cypriot Commissioner to the European Union confirmed in a joint press conference with Xavier Becerra, US Secretary of State for Health and Human Services, that the United States is a major partner in facing global health challenges.

“By launching the first EU-US health working group, we are reinforcing our mutual commitment to the ever closer transatlantic partnership in health and the implementation of one of the important priorities of the EU’s global health strategy, which is the fight against cancer. We firmly believe that cooperation between the Union European and US changes can happen to cancer patients and their families.

Within the working group, two expert-level subgroups were established, focusing on childhood and youth cancer and lung cancer in the context of European and American cancer strategies. The goal of this collaboration is to facilitate learning from each other, share best practices, and improve cancer treatment outcomes around the world.

Subgroups of experts focusing on the other two priority areas, global health emergencies and healthcare infrastructure, are still under construction, but both sides support collaboration on outbreak prevention, preparedness and response.

It was also announced that the European Union and the United States are working to establish permanent global mechanisms to deal with health threats such as avian influenza, Marburg virus disease, the problem of antibiotic resistance and post-coronavirus complications.

Cover photo credit: MTI/EPA/Olivier Hoslet

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