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A view from the EU: our COVID-19 response at home and abroad

By Brice de Schietere      

Together with Canada, the EU is fully committed to supporting the global response to a pandemic that has irrevocably changed our lives—and will mark generations to come.

This pandemic is a global challenge that needs swift and coordinated actions worldwide to address the threat to public heath and to tackle the economic fallout. We need to act together with our most important economic partners to manage the exit plan and we need to act in full solidarity with our most vulnerable partners. The response requires international solidarity and compassion regardless of where we are in the world, writes Brice de Schietere. Image courtesy of Needpix.com

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the world into a public health crisis unlike anything we have seen in recent history, unprecedented in scale and speed. The rapidity and ferocity of the outbreak caught many, including in the European Union, off guard at first. We must thank and show our appreciation to the numerous doctors and nurses worldwide, who have answered the call of duty under extraordinary circumstances and risked their lives.

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