EU emergency allocation of 10 million euros for research of the coronavirus outbreak

The European Union announced on January 31st that it would urgently allocate 10 million euros from its research and innovation funding program, the Horizon 2020 Program, to study the pneumonia outbreak of the new coronavirus infection. According to the European Commission’s announcement issued on the same day, the European Union has begun to urgently solicit a letter of intent for research projects, aimed at deepening understanding of the new pneumonia outbreak, to provide more effective clinical management for people infected with the virus, improve public health preparedness and response.

EU emergency allocation of 10 million euros for research into the outbreak

According to the announcement, the EU has allocated 10 million euros to fund two to four research projects. In order to start research as soon as possible, EU applicants within two weeks (until February 12 this year) to give a reply and sign the funding agreement as soon as possible. For funding, the EU also includes a “quick lying data” clause to ensure that research results can be used immediately in outbreak response.

According to an update issued by WHO, as of January 30, 18 countries outside China had reported confirmed cases, including France, Germany, Finland and other EU member states, with a total of more than 10 cases; Calls on countries to actively participate in the research work on the epidemic, as soon as possible to determine the source of the new coronavirus and “human-to-human” capacity, research and development of effective treatment methods.  The announcement quoted Stella Kiriajides, the European Commission’s commissioner for health and food safety, as saying that the European Commission’s health and food safety commissioner, Stella Kiriajids, had been a member of the European Commission’s health and food Kyriakides said the new pneumonia outbreak requires a multifaceted response at the government level, and studying the outbreak is an important part of that. Only by better understanding the virus can we improve the targeted epidemic prevention measures and better protect the people.

China has quickly identified pathogens and shared genetic sequences of the virus with WHO and other countries following the outbreak of the new coronavirus infection, and WHO confirmed Wednesday that it will send a multidisciplinary technical team of experts to China to investigate the source of the outbreak, the clinical manifestations of the disease, the community and the “human-to-human” nature of the medical institutions. provide support to help the international community understand and facilitate the sharing of experiences and successful measures.