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Statement by FEAM’s President, on the COVID-19 outbreak

12 March 2020

In a statement published today, the President of the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM), Professor George Griffin expresses concerns about the current COVID-19 pandemic and welcomes current efforts by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and European institutions in supporting country responses.

Regarding the recent WHO declaration of the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic, FEAM’s President, Professor George Griffin states: “We are now entering into a critical phase, calling for broad collaboration at all levels. As President of the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM), I welcome the efforts of the WHO and the EU institutions in supporting national authorities and research and medical communities, which are currently searching for therapies and vaccines while working to contain the outbreak and assist patients. It is also commendable that EU institutions are addressing the economic impacts of the outbreak”.

The full statement can be accessed here.

About FEAM, The Federation of European Academies of Medicine (www.feam.eu)

FEAM is the umbrella group of Academies of Medicine, Medical Sections of Academies of Sciences, and Academies of Pharmacy and Veterinarians.

FEAM promotes cooperation between national Academies and provides a platform to formulate their collective voice on matters concerning medicine, health and biomedical research with a European dimension. Its mission is to extend to the European authorities the advisory role that national Academies exercise in their own countries with the aim to improve the health, safety and wealth of European citizens.


Contact Information

Professor George Griffin

Department of Infectious Diseases and Medicine St. George’s University of London UK

Email: george.griffin@feam.eu

Phone: +32 (0) 2 792 39 56

For general enquiries

Dr Rosa Castro

FEAM Senior Scientific Policy Officer

Email: rosa.castro@feam.eu

Phone: +32 (0) 2 792 39 56


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