The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has published the
conclusions of its latest review of European countries' preparedness for an
influenza pandemic. The "Policy Makers' Report" gives conclusions from a longer
ECDC "Technical Report", which will be published in the coming weeks. Its
findings are based on visits by ECDC led teams to all 27 EU Member States plus
the three EEA/EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and a review
of these countries' preparedness that took place at an EU/WHO Workshop in
September this year. The key conclusion is that Europe is arguably the best
prepared region in the world. However, a further two to three years of
sustained effort and investment are needed to achieve the level of preparedness
needed to respond well to a pandemic. This is in line with the findings of an
interim report on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness in the EU published by ECDC
in February 2007.
At the request of Commissioner Kyprianou ECDC has prepared a comprehensive
report on the level of pandemic preparedness in the European Union and EEA as
of early autumn 2007.
This is based on:
The Report updates and expands on an earlier report on preparedness status in
the Autumn of 2006 and is available in the following versions:
An article concerning these reports also appears in Eurosurveillance.
In addition there will be shortly a web-based publication on the examples of
good practice and innovations that were put forward by Member States at the
4th European Pandemic Preparedness Workshop. More details of some of these are
also available on the ECDC Pandemic Preparedness Innovation Pages.
AplusA-online.de - Source: The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)