Council Conclusions on Swine Flu

The Council “Conclusions on Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 – a strategic approach” promptly remind that the preparations for, and response to, health risks in the EU falls within the competence of the Member States. However, some key issues are outlined:

  • Availability of vaccines – the Conclusions encourage bundling of tender notices for those Member States with no current or with partial agreements with manufacturers (Bulgaria considers participating in such a bundle with the Baltic states and Malta);
  • Vaccination strategy – the document urges the vaccination of priority groups;
  • Information and communication to the public – the Conclusions recommend agreements among Member States on common key strategic lines of communication on important issues;
  • Multi-sectoral pandemic preparedness – some priority sectors’ preparedness should be reviewed in the information and telecommunication, transport and energy sectors.

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