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- Dr Francesco Nicoli - Assistant Professor in Economic Governance at the University of Ghent
In this paper we confront the role the EU traditionally plays in the domain of health with the urgent need for collective action triggered by the corona virus pandemic. In the face of such a crisis, we argue that the joint procurement, stockpiling and allocation of medical countermeasures is a key component of true European solidarity, besides maintaining the integrity of the Single Market. We present the results of a survey experiment taken in two waves (before and after the Covid-19 outbreak) on citizens’ attitudes towards centralizing at the EU level of policies to combat infectious diseases, which indicates high and stable support for public procurement. We conclude that a more robust policy framework with substantial centralization of procurement, stockpiling and allocation is warranted.