Rise like a phoenix
Health at the heart of a resilient future for Europe
Health, solidarity and equity are a crucial foundation for social stability and
prosperity, impacting all other areas of life. Never has this been more
apparent than during the COVID-19 pandemic, which over the course of the
last year has upended our lives and radically altered the European political
It is equally evident how damaging a loss of solidarity and the neglect of
health as a crucial policy area can be. Delayed, individualistic and
protectionist approaches to the pandemic have had a devastating impact
on Europeans everywhere, resulting in catastrophic loss of life and
While we continue to fight fires on numerous fronts, amidst the ashes of
this unprecedented crisis there lies an opportunity for renewal and rebirth.
Health is having a rare moment in the political spotlight. As we tackle the
effects of the pandemic and adapt to an uncertain future, we must take this
opportunity to drive forward holistic action on the root causes and systemic
failings that have allowed the virus to flourish.
We must fight for solidarity and equity, within Europe and on the global
stage, and define improved models of collaboration that can transform the
grim lessons learned into sustainable strategies for a better tomorrow. It is
time to level up!
As we build resilience to prevail over current and future challenges, we need
to jointly invest in harmonised systems of health and social care that will
deliver consistently for each and every European, no matter who they are or
where they live.
Only with health at the heart of our recovery can Europe rise like a phoenix
from this crisis stronger, smarter, and more equitable.
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