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European Council agrees with strategy for combating COVID-19 pandemic

22 Jan · 11h00

The leaders of the 27 Member States met with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, by video conference yesterday to discuss a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The European Council unanimously agreed to prepare a recommendation that establishes a common framework for the use of rapid antigen tests and mutual recognition of the COVID-19 tests all over the European Union. This recognition must be carried out by certified health bodies in order to facilitate cross-border tracking, treatment and movement of contacts.


The leaders believe this is a fundamental instrument to help mitigate the spread of the virus and contribute to the smooth functioning of the internal market.

See Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa's speech on the results of this video conference

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