First of all, in this context of sanitary crisis across all Europe, I hope that all of you are well and that the consequences of the crisis for you and your loved ones are manageable.
In our daily veterinary work we have been fighting with different coronaviruses such as PRCv (Porcine Respiratory Coronavirus) in pigs, IBV (Infectious Bronchitis Virus) in poultry, etc for years. Our experience allows us to understand all epidemiological aspects of combating diseases caused by different viruses.
The present „corona-flu” situation, where in some countries veterinarians fight arm in arm with human medicine doctors and ensure continuity of supply of safe food of animal origin, gives the One Health approach a new meaning and proves its necessity.
This unprecedented context has a real influence on the work of the European institutions. Their main efforts are focused on the response to the COVID-19 pandemics (a 37 billion euros program has been already adopted at European level) and most of the other dossiers are put on hold. It is still very difficult to anticipate the agenda of the European institutions in the upcoming weeks but they are adapting to the context and the European Parliament should begin to organize committee meetings in the days to come. We will keep following key dossiers for veterinarians along with the consequences of the crisis for our profession at European level.