Health NGOs call on European Commission to address accountability, public interest issues with new EU Health Emergency Response and Preparedness Authority

19 health-related NGOs signed a joint letter to the European Commission asking it to rethink aspects of the EU's new Health Emergency Response and Preparedness Authority (HERA) to increase its accountability, to ensure it prioritizes the public interest, and to enable it to ensure equitable and affordable access to medical tools. 

The NGOs, which include Global Health Advocates, Health Action International, European Public Health Alliance, and Wemos Foundation, called on the Commission to outline a clear global vision for effective mechanisms to ensure global access to needed health technologies. They said the Commission should refresh and update the EU's 2010 strategy on global health to make it consistent with the current landscape, including HERA. 

NGOs also called on the EU to ensure that HERA uses conditionalities and transparency requirements in its investments, such as those used by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), to ensure public return and prevent companies from raising prices during global health emergencies. They also called on HERA to develop long-term, sustainable not-for-profit manufacturing infrastructure, including through cooperation with non-commercial research entities.

Press release - European Public Health Alliance

Letter - European Public Health Alliance

News article - Euractiv