Spain is committed to strengthening cooperation and coordination in the EU to ensure the protection of public health

Illa has highlighted the provision that member countries have shown in recent weeks and has expressed their appreciation to the World Health Organization (WHO) for its response to this outbreak, "both in the proposals for protection measures, and in the high-level meeting with more than 300 experts promoted in Geneva these days." In this regard, the minister has insisted that "scientific-technical leadership is a necessity".

He has also thanked the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) his technical guidance work on prophylaxis and treatment possibilities of infected people and families, as well as for the protection of health professionals.

The minister explained that in Spain preventive and preparatory measures have been implemented that are totally in line with the WHO, the ECDC and with the other coordination mechanisms. "Not only are they functioning properly to protect global public health, but they guarantee a coherent EU approach," he said.

The minister has emphasized "the importance of making decisions based on the best available evidence." As noted, access to permanently updated data and the results of available research is allowing decisions to adjust to the current situation. "Any other, currently planned or unplanned, should also be based on available data and scientific evidence," he explained.

"We act with rigor and technical criteria, in a transparent manner, according to the level of risk at all times, and with measures always based on technical criteria, always attending to the general interest," he defended.

In relation to medical care for people affected by the coronavirus, the minister has assured that "Spain has sufficient supply of personal emergency equipment at this time" and work is underway to continue securing stocks in case of an outbreak of the outbreak.

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