Health is a transversal element in European policies, and with a program bolstered with €5.1 billion over seven years, Europe is looking to tackle the challenges that the pandemic has magnified: prevention, preparation, digitalization and strengthening healthcare systems and their human resources. This post looks at the EU’s ambitious response seeking to make healthcare systems more resilient.
In order to assess what we have learned from this pandemic, what current tools and technologies are available and how we can act to be better prepared for new infections in the future, some of the best international experts have gathered virtually at the CaixaResearch Conference "Pandemics: Overcoming Covid-19 and Preparing for the Future" on 16-17 November 2021 online. Here is a summary.
Current generations will remember 2020 as the year everything changed. People confined to their homes, industries at minimum production levels, hospitals overflowing, borders closed and, in general, a world put on pause by the whims of a virus that popped up almost overnight. The BioRegion wasn’t spared this abnormality, but as the healthcare and life sciences sector is strategic and essential to managing the pandemic, the revolution in this case brought out the best of the sector to fight the virus.
Predicting and establishing the prognosis of diseases is key to controlling them. Biocat will provide support for the 19 research projects in the BioRegion awarded €4 million from the Catalan Ministry of Health to research the pandemic, 6 of which are looking into possible prediction or prognosis methods for this disease. Let’s look at how the centers are focusing their research.