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Biological threats and EU preparedness: How can we make the system more resilient?

Can the EU handle biological threats?


Ilkka Salmi

Disaster Preparedness and Prevention, Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), European Commission,


COVID-19 has opened everyone's eyes to a different kind of system vulnerability that we had not considered before. At this event speakers from different areas look at the multiple factors surrounding biological threats, ranging from bioterrorism and what we know about non-state actors, to EU's response to a pandemic threat by developing vaccines.

Following these different lines, we aimed to answer the question at the core: How can we make the system more resilient from biological threats?

This event was co-organised in collaboration with Hybrid CoE.