REPORT – The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) brings together experts and doctors to monitor the progress of ongoing epidemics, including that of the coronavirus.
Through Frédéric Faux
It is in a high-tech building in Solna, on the outskirts of Stockholm, that the ECDC, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, is established, whose main role is to gather information and coordinate action concerning all infectious diseases which affect the Member States of the European Union. A large glazed room on the ground floor – the emergency operations center – hosts a meeting of experts and doctors on the outbreaks every morning at 11:30 a.m. “We follow many diseases, including seasonal flu, foodborne infectious diseases, or antibiotic resistance, but our priority right now is the coronavirus”, assures Julien Beauté, epidemiologist doctor in charge of the file.
In the case of an epidemic, the time factor is important, and since contagious diseases do not have borders, coordination at the highest level is also essential.
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