Coronavirus may not be the worst challenge facing the EU

The year 2020 is the year of the coronavirus. Today, the origin of a dramatic pandemic is well known. China informed the WHO of a new virus that was spreading rapidly in its territory on December 31, 2019. It was the first step on the road to a global health crisis that brought unprecedented international cooperation. But that cooperation soon proved deficient, even among the closest allies. As Italy struggled to contain a devastating first wave of coronavirus, other EU members were slow to provide appropriate and ultimately vital help. Community countries closed their borders and some competed for scarce supplies of masks and other medical equipment. An error that was recognized by Brussels.

“Yes, it is true that no one was really prepared for this. It is also true that many were not there present and did not arrive in time when Italy needed a helping hand from the beginning of the pandemic. And yes, for that, it is correct that Europe As a whole, offer a sincere apology. But apologizing only counts for something if you change your behavior, “declared Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission.

A change in behavior included joint operations for the acquisition of medical equipment and the advance reservation of future vaccines against the coronavirus. The pandemic also prompted EU nations to agree to a financial rescue package, backed by a collective loan. Brussels marks the lines to follow in trying to overcome the current crisis. But WHO believes it could face even bigger challenges in the future.

“This is not necessarily the biggest challenge. This virus is highly contagious and kills people. It has deprived many people of loved ones but its current death rate is reasonably low compared to other emerging diseases. This is a call from attention. If there is something that we must assimilate from this pandemic with all the drama and human losses, it is that we have to act together. We need to prepare for something that may be even more severe in the future, “said Michael Ryan, executive director of WHO Health Emergencies Program.

The European Union assures that it has learned the lesson of the coronavirus and that it is better prepared for what may come, but the response of community citizens is vital. Your willingness to accept massive vaccination programs and new containment measures may be crucial to combat future pandemics.