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The need for the contracts with the companies producing vaccines against COVID-19 to have a flexibility clause depending on the epidemiological situation, emphasized the Minister of Health Michalis Hatzipantela in his intervention during the second day of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Council (EPSCO) ) held with a composition of Ministers of Health in Brussels.  

The main topic of discussion was the supply of vaccines against COVID-19 and the approach of the European Union regarding joint supply in the future .

In his intervention, Mr. Hatzipantela referred to the peculiarities of Cyprus regarding the supply of medicines and emphasized that Cyprus supports the continuation of the common European strategy for the supply of vaccines, while he highlighted the need for the existing vaccine agreements to be negotiated with the companies.< /p>

The Minister of Health reiterated the position he had expressed at the informal Health Council in Prague to ensure the receipt of updated forms of the vaccines and to extend both the delivery schedules and the shelf life of the vaccines. He emphasized, at the same time, the need for contracts to include a flexibility clause, with the possibility of adjustment depending on the epidemiological situation.

The Ministers also exchanged views on mental health, on the occasion of the Commission's initiative for a European Year for Mental Health, during a working lunch.

In his intervention, Mr. Hatzipantela noted that mental health services must be accessible to everyone and emphasized that Cyprus supports the Commission's initiative, noting that the challenges are many and multidimensional.

He also referred to the initiatives and actions undertaken by Cyprus in recent years, including the creation of a new Mental Health Center in Athalassa, with funding from the EU's Recovery and Resilience Plan.

On the sidelines of the Council's work, the Minister of Health had talks with Krista Kiuru, Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services of Finland, who, among other things, is also responsible for the health issues of her country.

The the meeting dealt with the establishment of bilateral cooperation on the issues of cancer, health systems management and electronic health, through the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries.

Among other things, during the Council the competent Ministers agreed to update the recommendation of the 2003 Council on Cancer Screening. They also adopted conclusions on vaccination as one of the most effective tools to prevent disease and improve public health.

Health Ministers were briefed by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU on the progress of process for the proposal for a regulation on the European health data space, and for the draft regulation on quality and safety standards for substances of human origin intended for human use.

(CYPE-GTP/GC/GBA)

Source: www.reporter.com.cy

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