UfM Member States to step up cooperation on research and innovation in the context of the COVID-19
April 8, 2020
Conscious of the pressure that COVID-19 puts on health systems, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is exploring ways to speed and scale–up actions in the field of research and innovation. This was the objective of the virtual meeting of the UfM Regional Platform on Research and Innovation, held earlier this week.
The wide spectrum of initiatives announced by the European Commission and UfM Member States showed the potential for regional cooperation in terms of establishing collaborative platforms, clinical data collection and access, creation of common databases on technologies and joint development of industrial research solutions and medical treatments/vaccines. The need for a strategic regional cooperation approach regarding the socio-economic implications was also underlined.
Countries from both shores of the Mediterranean shared their ongoing research actions to address the global pandemic COVID-19, ranging from calls for proposals, clinical trials to trainings. The European Commission highlighted that health is among the priority sectors of the current European Neighbourhood Policy, namely health threats and communicable diseases and that the EU has recently awarded 18 new research projects for €48.5 million involving 140 research teams from across the EU and beyond to face the COVID-19.