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, providers, and IT techniques targeted on ameliorating the best way 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 light-weight on many points regarding the preliminary EU response to the pandemic, displaying that there’s nice potential for growth. Population development, 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 knowledge, but in addition within the sharing of knowledge throughout borders and in adopting widespread 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 techniques, which take a wide range of completely different pandemic situations into consideration and are capable of recommend potential options. These applied sciences are additionally anticipated to improved Pan-European planning and administration of crucial sources, reminiscent of hospital beds, PPE and vaccines. 

Ireland’s Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is optimistic concerning the PANDEM-2 challenge, as he mentioned: “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.”