It is with pleasure that we share with you the final version of the joint statement on the protection of immunocompromised patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The EU has focused its effort and resources on prevention through vaccines and on the treatment of infected patients. However, because preventive action through vaccines is suboptimal for immunocompromised patients, and treatment may come too late to avoid severe consequences, the need for effective prevention for the vulnerable immunocompromised population remains unanswered.
For this reason, the undersigned organisations call on the European Commission, Parliament, and the Council to fully integrate the systematic protection of immunocompromised patients in their response and preparedness efforts against the current and future health crises such as the next infectious disease outbreak. Only through a long-term and systematic approach with a particular emphasis on prevention against infections, the EU will be able to deliver a truly equitable health strategy to protect all its citizens.