New €9.75mln Irish-led challenge to strengthen EU preparedness towards future pandemics

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The EU has awarded €9.75 million in funding to the National University of Ireland Galway to develop an array of ideas, companies, and IT methods targeted on ameliorating the way in which the EU prepares for and responds to future pandemics. The funds shall be invested in a PANDEM-2, a two-year challenge, which goals to create a extra constant and futureproof approach to pandemic administration. 

COVID-19 has shone a lightweight on many points in regards to the preliminary EU response to the pandemic, displaying that there’s nice potential for improvement. Population progress, worldwide air travel and environmental components improve the potential for ailments passing from animals to people. Thus, enchancment is required in not solely the evaluation of real-time information, but in addition within the sharing of data throughout borders and in adopting frequent and constant insurance policies throughout the EU. 

The goal of the PANDEM-2 challenge is to carry forth options to raised put together the EU to future pandemics. This shall be carried out via IT methods, which take a wide range of totally different pandemic eventualities under consideration and are capable of recommend attainable options. These applied sciences are additionally anticipated to improved Pan-European planning and administration of vital assets, reminiscent of hospital beds, PPE and vaccines. 

Ireland’s Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is optimistic in regards to the PANDEM-2 challenge, as he stated: “While we are still facing many challenges with COVID-19, it is critical that we also focus on longer-term developments for pandemic preparedness, as this project will. I am delighted that Irish research will be central to this work.”