President von der Leyen adressed the US BARDA in her State of the Union speech. So, what is the US BARDA?

In the response to the coronavirus and protecting Europe's health in the future, the President called for 'lessons to be learned, saying Europe must build a stronger European health union, with a future-proof and properly funded EU4Health...

In the response to the coronavirus and protecting Europe’s health in the future, the President called for ‘lessons to be learned, saying Europe must build a stronger European health union, with a future-proof and properly funded EU4Health programme, a reinforced European Medicines Agency (EMA) and a strengthened European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)’. Within this, the president pledged to build a European BARDA.

The need of an EU BARDA has also been heard from several pharma heads in Europe during the pandemic.

BARDA – The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority

BARDA is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) office responsible for the procurement and development of medical countermeasures. BARDA has been highly involved in handeling the covid-19 and has a proven track record of responding to pandemics and developing lifesaving medical countermeasures. Initially, BARDA was established to help in securing the United States from nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological threats, including pandemic influenzas and emerging infection diseases. BARDA also support funding, technical assistance to organizations for clinical research and centers for innovation and manufacturing networks.

During the pandemic the agency has seen a boost in spending power as one of the federal agencies running ‘Operation Warp Speed’ that was set up by the Trump administration. The aim is to get 300 million doses of covid-19 vaccines to Americans by January.

BARDA is seeking partners to fight the pandemic and is investigating in an array of medical countermeasures to diagnose, treat, or protect. Here you find more information or how to apply for resources.

BARDA is also offering a ‘Novel Coronavirus Federal Market Research Initiative‘ which helps you in partnering with the federal government on a COVID-19 medical countermeasure – submit your ideas to a platform that reaches a host of potential federal partners.

Finally, here you can explore BARDA’s COVID-19 response time line for differeent countermeasures to fight the pandemic.

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Henric Johnson