European Commission grants €55.2 million to digital health projects addressing COVID-19

The European Commission has awarded €55.2 million to projects which use digital health and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

Within the next 24 months, 13 selected projects will deliver solutions to protect healthcare workers, quickly detect and prevent the spread of COVID-19, improve intensive care, and foster the uptake of innovative tools and technologies developed by small companies.

Among the solutions are the Essence empathic platform to monitor vulnerable populations, the VASCOVID portable platform for assessment of microvascular health in COVID-19 patients and the INNO4COV-19 innovation hub to support COVID-19 diagnostic, prevention and surveillance technologies.

The project consortia consisting of 133 organisations from 25 countries, will work to deliver the first prototypes in the coming six to 12 months.

A further 10 projects have received funding to work on the rapid repurposing of manufacturing for vital medical supplies and equipment, the behavioural, social and economic impacts of outbreak responses, the pan-European COVID-19 cohorts, and the collaboration of existing EU and international cohorts.

The total €128 million funding for all 23 projects is part of the Commission’s €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, which launched in May.

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