Corporate DispatchPro - - Edi­to­rial -

Dr Grech de­scribed the on­set of the pan­demic like throw­ing a big rock at sea, she ex­plained. Fish around it first freeze, then scram­ble to get away. Coun­tries were also ini­tially stunned by the un­pre­dictabil­ity of the health emer­gency, then rushed to con­tain the spread.

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion was now en­sur­ing that the EU is bet­ter pre­pared in case of a sec­ond wave, she added. A Com­mis­sion pro­posal en­sured coun­tries had to clearly com­mu­ni­cate and co­or­di­nate any fu­ture de­ci­sions to close bor­ders. The EU in­sti­tu­tion also raised €7.4 bil­lion to de­velop a vac­cine. The moves, Grech added, en­sured EU action in case of a sec­ond wave was co­or­di­nated and har­monised among the 27 mem­ber states.

Malta had also been given loans and grants from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. It had also worked with other coun­tries to bring ex­pats back via joint repa­tri­a­tion flights. “Could you imag­ine Malta with­out the EU dur­ing the pan­demic?”

ON COVID-19

Fur­ther plans on how to tackle the Covid-19 pan­demic are ex­pected to be un­veiled dur­ing to­day’s State of the Euro­pean Union ad­dress. The an­nual event sees the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent up­date

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