Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority

Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) is a European Commission health service created to prepare the EU for a future pandemic and to avoid the mistakes made during the EU's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1][2][3] European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen first announced plans for such a body in 2020.[1] On 15 September 2021, the EU announced the launch of HERA[2] and the service was established as a directorate-general of the European Commission on 16 September.[4] HERA is expected to be fully operational in early 2022.[1][3]

Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority
Agency overview
Formed16 September 2021 (2021-09-16)
JurisdictionEuropean Union
Key document

HERA will assess potential health threats, promote research, ensure the availability of critical production and help build stockpiles. During a health crisis, the authority would activate emergency funding and help coordinate monitoring, acquisition and purchase of medical equipment or treatments.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Casert, Raf (2021-09-16). "EU earmarks 30 billion euros for health crisis agency". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 2021-09-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b Peltier, Elian; Pronczuk, Monika (2021-09-15). "The E.U. adopts a new strategy to counter future pandemics". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-09-17.
  3. ^ a b c "EU launches health crisis body to prepare for future pandemic". Reuters. 2021-09-17. Retrieved 2021-09-17.
  4. ^ "EUR-Lex - 32021D0929(02) - EN - EUR-Lex". Retrieved 2021-12-30.

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