EU to Discuss Coordinated Response to China COVID Situation on Wednesday

EU to Discuss Coordinated Response to China COVID Situation on Wednesday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union authorities well being officers will maintain talks on Wednesday on a coordinated response to the surge in COVID-19 infections in China, the Swedish EU presidency stated on Monday, after December talks concluded with no choices on the matter.

At the same assembly on Dec. 29, held on-line amongst over 100 representatives from EU governments, EU well being businesses and the World Well being Organisation, Italy urged the remainder of the EU to observe its lead and check travellers from China for COVID, with Beijing poised to carry journey restrictions on Jan. 8.

However others within the 27-nation EU stated they noticed no want to take action regardless of China’s choice to loosen its pandemic restrictions amid a wave of recent infections.

“There’s a scheduled Built-in Political Disaster Response assembly on Wednesday, January 4, for an replace of the COVID-19 scenario in China and to debate potential EU measures to be taken in a coordinated manner,” a spokeswoman for the Swedish presidency of the EU stated.

The European Well being Commissioner Stella Kyriakides stated in a letter to EU governments on Dec. 29 they need to take into account instantly scaling up genomic sequencing of COVID-19 infections and monitoring of waste water, together with at airports, to detect any new variants, given the surge in infections in China.

Kyriakides stated the bloc ought to be “very vigilant” as dependable epidemiological and testing information for China had been scarce, advising EU well being ministers to evaluate their present practices on genomic sequencing of the coronavirus “as an instantaneous step”.

The European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management stated final week it didn’t presently advocate measures on travellers from China.

It stated the variants circulating in China had been already within the European Union, that EU residents had comparatively excessive vaccination ranges and the potential for imported infections was low in comparison with every day infections within the EU, with healthcare techniques presently coping.

(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski; Enhancing by Bernadette Baum)

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