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EEC and WHO to join forces to prevent spreading COVID-19

EEC and WHO to join forces to prevent spreading COVID-19


Issues of preventing the spread of COVID-19, food safety in the consumer market, regulating the circulation of medicines and medical products as well as the Pharmacopoeia of the Eurasian Economic Union and sustainable development goals were discussed by Viktor Nazarenko, Member of the Board - Minister in charge of Technical Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Commission, and Hans Kluge, World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Europe, at the EEC’s headquarters.


According to Viktor Nazarenko, the Commission maintains close cooperation with the WHO in elaborating draft documents in the field of product safety. Since 2018, the WHO representatives have been participating in the public discussion of all draft documents in the field of medicine circulation elaborated by the Commission. Joint video conferences are held on quality control issues, considering the development of the Union's Pharmacopoeia and the International Pharmacopoeia. Interaction is performed on the issues related to the competence of the Department for Sanitary, Phytosanitary and Veterinary Measures. The EEC representatives attend meetings of the WHO authorities as observers.


Hans Kluge has noted the EAEU countries’ high readiness to prevent and avert spreading COVID-19.


"The Commission takes an active part and helps the EAEU Member States to control spreading COVID-19 as well as assists in maintaining macroeconomic stability in the region," the EEC Minister stressed. He has reminded that, since the pandemic was declared, the Commission had prepared a number of documents to ensure transboundary uninterrupted supply of the Union countries with necessary goods, including food as well as decontamination equipment, pharmaceuticals, medical and non-medical products to control COVID-19. Furthermore, efforts were made to develop and coordinate preventive and anti-epidemic measures.


"In this regard, a Comprehensive action plan in the field of health and sanitary and epidemiological welfare of the population and sanitary and epidemiological requirements to gas stations and rest places for international transport drivers within the green corridors were adopted," Viktor Nazarenko noted. "A Council of Heads of Authorized Bodies in the Field of Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare of the Population works on mutual informing on the development of the epidemiological situation and preventive and anti-epidemic measures, including vaccine issues in the EAEU countries, with an active involvement of the Commission".


Viktor Nazarenko has stressed that the Commission believes it important to interact with the WHO and exchange data on food safety control in the consumer market. "This entails ensuring the safety of food products in terms of identifying and rationing the content of veterinary medicines residues in them as well as the adopted approaches to organizing control (supervision) in the market for the remains of medicinal products for veterinary use," he added.


The meeting attendees have expressed their readiness to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the EEC and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, agreed by the EAEU countries, by the end of 2020.
The Memorandum will enable exchanging normative and technical documentation, holding consultations on issues of mutual interest and jointly participate in conferences, seminars and meetings.