Sofia, Bulgaria: The Health Minister of Bulgaria, Asena Serbezova, yesterday, June 14, attended the Health Council meeting in Luxembourg. The meeting focused on the agenda of the European Health Data Area and the EU Global Health Strategy.
The health ministers from – Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia attended the council meeting. The ministers also submitted a joint letter to the European Commission, in which they appealed hike in the number of COVID-19 vaccines being supplied to these countries in the future.
Apart from health, the issues which were discussed in the meet include – European Council on employment, social policy, health and consumption.
Bulgarian minister, during her address at the council, asserted while expressing her regret that the “COVID vaccines, which are too much for the public, will be thrown away“. Although despite this, the Balkan state consists of one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate in the entire European region, with only 29.7% of the Bulgarians fully immunized against the virus.
She then reminded the health dignitaries present at the meet that Bulgaria earlier had also sent letters to the European Commission, which contained proposals for the specific changes to be made in the texts of these agreements.
Minister Asena Serbezova speaking about the digitization of the health sector, stated that the patient data must be shared and that it remains a right, not an obligation.
Meanwhile, the Health Minister of Malta, Chris Fearne stated, highlighted that Ukrainian citizens should be provided with complete access to healthcare services.
Fearne stated, “We should afford European Union healthcare services to Ukrainian citizens to the same extent as we do to the European citizens. Doing this will enable EU countries to offer humanitarian assistance in an expedient and efficient way to the citizens of the war-hit country. Ukrainian men are fighting for all of us”.