EU Strategy on COVID-19 therapeutics

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Series Details COM (2021) 355
Publication Date 06/05/2021
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Communication published by the European Commission on 6 May 2021, setting out a strategy focusing on the development and availability of COVID-19 (coronavirus) therapeutics, including the treatment of the so-called long COVID condition.

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The strategy aims to cover the full lifecycle of medicines - from research, development and manufacturing to procurement and deployment. It includes a set of actions and targets on a number of fields:

  • Research, development and innovation;
  • Access to and swift approval of clinical trials;
  • Scanning for candidate therapeutics;
  • Supply chains and delivery of medicines;
  • Regulatory flexibility;
  • Joint procurement and financing;
  • International cooperation.

The strategy is seen as complementary to the EU Vaccines Strategy and part of a strong European Health Union.

On 29 June 2021, the European Commission announced the first portfolio of five therapeutics in the framework of this strategy.

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Covington: Inside EU Life Sciences, 10/05/2021: European Commission outlines Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics

Health Europa, 07/05/2021: EU Vaccine Strategy: supporting COVID-19 therapeutics development

European Commission Coronavirus Response: Treatments for COVID-19
EU EMA: Human Regulatory: Overview: COVID-19 treatments
European Commission: Press Release, 06/05/2021: Coronavirus: Commission proposes EU Strategy for the development and availability of therapeutics
European Commission: Remarks by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides at the press conference on the EU Strategy for the development and availability of therapeutics (6 May 2021)
European Commission: Press Release, 29/06/2021: COVID-19 Therapeutics Strategy: Commission identifies five promising candidate therapeutics
European Commission: Questions and Answers: COVID-19 Therapeutics Strategy – list of 5 candidate therapeutics (29 June 2021)

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