April 27, 2020

Best Practices under COVID19 – A time to come together!

The COVID19 outbreak has been a crisis of a hardly measurable magnitude that has affected all levels of society. This pandemic has paralysed the usual functioning of society and will require an exit strategy that is both consistent and aware of all the variables at play to avoid another crisis of this magnitude. 

Amidst this crisis, our mission to connect the European Parliament with civil society and the public and private sector continue. Like many, we have had to adapt to the circumstance and continue to create spaces where key conversations are taking place, we have taken this conversation to the digital arena. This is why we are launching a public consultation on what are the best practices, to support different sectors of the population, in times of crisis. 

This crisis is showcasing a real spirit of solidarity amongst various stakeholders, and their commitment to being a motor of drive and support in this crisis. From institutional entities to non-profit organizations, corporations to SMEs, many have put in place specific measures and resources to support and empower different sectors of our communities affected by the Corona outbreak. 

Here we want to share with you some of these success stories, to showcase the power and positive effect that solidarity has in the EU. The aim is to inspire others to be part of these agents of positive change of support, and know that we can mobilise to support our communities in this time of crisis. 

If you know of any other measure to mitigate the negative effects of COVID19, which are being taken by civil society organisations, public institutions or stakeholders in the private sector, please let us know! We want to raise awareness on all these actions, and remind ourselves that together we can successfully overcome this existing crisis. 

Together we can tackle this crisis!

The European Commission, in close collaboration with EU member states, is hosting a pan-European hackathon – EUVSVIRUS –  to connect civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges. This digital space promises to be fertile ground for effective and powerful ideas to tackle the rising problems due to COVID19. As one of the supporters of this initiative, we look forward to extensively contributing to the process. Join the conversation on the 24, 25 and 26 of April! 

The OECD’s Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) has started a repository on COVID Innovation Responses

The Youth Engagement Group to the G7 2020 (Y7) published an interesting communique calling on the leaders of the G7 countries to commit to a stronger and closely coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping in mind the enriching perspective and needs of the global youth.

Body Interact, a cloud-based immersive training platform that virtualizes acute and chronic care medical simulation, has developed a virtual experience of a clinical scenario about COVID-19 with virtual patients, applying the most up to date management guidelines. This has been a great tool, proven useful for medical educators and students in helping schools as well as the preparation of healthcare professionals.

Various network and telecom operators are mobilising resources across EU countries to maintain business continuity and social interactions, rigorously online, here is an example by Orange! Additionally, if you wanna know more about telecoms and network data under this crisis, this list of FAQs is a great resource! 

Euronews, BBC Global News and CNN International join forces to donate free airtime to public health bodies for the promotion of messages to combat the global #coronavirus health crisis. Together, they have committed up to $50 million of advertising inventory.

Google is fully committed to bringing reliable information to the table and keeping people connected. They have launched an “SOS Alert” banner in their search engine, aimed at bringing forward the latest information and resources on COVID19. Additionally, they have launched an information campaign “Do The Five” consisting of a simple image on the Google homepage summarizing the 5-step WHO guidance on how to slow the spread of COVID-19.What’s more, to keep people connected, they have made all the tools in the Google suite available free of charge.

In the medical field, Johnson & Johnson has recently announced the selection of a lead COVID-19 vaccine candidate, moving toward human clinical trials of the lead vaccine candidate by September 2020 and anticipating the first batches of a COVID-19 vaccine could be available for emergency use authorization in early 2021.

When it comes to medical technology, MedTech Europe has created a COVID-19 information hub gathering relevant information on activities of the European Union, the Member States and medical technology manufacturers, in addressing the Coronavirus pandemic.

With free deliveries in multiple EU countries, a variety of services are available on-demand via your phone or computer, from shopping to food.  For example, Uber is feeding first responders, providing free meals to healthcare workers, in coordination with local governments. If you wish, you can now donate to the Meals4Healthcare of the NGO Full Circle, offering a meal to health workers working at the Saint Pierre Hospital.

Huawei has developed an AI-assisted quantitative medical image analysis service specifically aimed at finding a solution during this pandemic. Applying computer vision and medical imaging analysis, it can help overcome the shortage of imaging experts who can accurately diagnose COVID19 and relieve the pressure of quarantining non-infected patients.

The network of EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) launched a consultation on how European government’s initiatives are responding to the Corona crisis, divided by EU Member States. 

If you are interested in understanding how the COVID19 is affecting families around Europe, and what different NGOs and stakeholders are doing in the different member states, here is a truly informative repository by COFACE

AmCham EU has the latest about Americans stakeholders’ efforts to support Europe and local communities around the world with a comprehensive list of a very cross-sectoral approach.

The digital world was one of the first to react to the coronavirus, as our daily life shifted to the online world. BSA has gathered information on the actions taken by a variety of stakeholders, at European level and worldwide. 

REHVA experts have drafted a guidance document on how to operate and use building services in areas with a coronavirus outbreak to prevent the spread of the virus. REHVA has been in contact with WHO and national governments to apply those findings on national levels.