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Dolores Utrilla
20th November 2020
Consumer, Health & Environment Covid-19 Internal Market

European Council agrees on next steps in the fight against COVID-19

Yesterday, on 19 November 2020, the European Council met via video conference to assess the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe and to discuss further coordination efforts, in particular in the areas of testing, vaccines, and coordination of the lifting of restrictive measures imposed by Member States.

Following the meeting, Council President Charles Michel made the following remarks:

As regards testing, EU leaders discussed how to develop a common EU-approach for the use of rapid antigen tests, conceived as a complement to PCR tests in the EU’s testing strategies. According to President Michel, ‘we need to work towards mutual recognition of tests and their results’ through ‘common criteria guaranteeing their perform

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