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Parliamentary questions
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31 July 2019
Question for written answer E-002488-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Monika Beňová (S&D)

 Subject:  Ebola crisis preparedness

On 19 July 2019, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published its fifth update on the Ebola virus disease outbreak on the Commission’s request.

The ECDC expects the Ebola outbreak to continue to evolve and progress. According to the WHO, the outbreak is now a public health emergency of international concern.

Furthermore, the geographical spread of the reported victims of the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the biggest in the country’s history, suggests that the EU should be seriously considering a strategic response. The steps taken by the Commission and its continued monitoring of the situation is welcomed.

Has the Commission developed a strategic border management plan in case the virus enters the EU i.e. working with the airlines that operate in the DRC? What activities is it currently carrying out in the DRC?

Is it prepared to respond by triggering an effective procurement mechanism for vaccines?

Is it prepared to implement the ECDC’s recommendations?

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