Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has used its extensive knowledge and expertise to inform the EU’s policy responses. Experts across the JRC have been analysing the crisis, anticipating its impacts and supporting the development of an exit strategy, among several other activities.

JRC scientists are working hard to help tackle the emergency and protect people’s health, in the following five areas:

  • Helping countries manage the medical response, by developing an indicator of hospital bed capacities.
  • Tracking the epidemic and the research, through the EIOS platform, a collaboration between the World Health Organization and JRC that is collating up to 120,000 articles per day related to the pandemic.  
  • Defining exit strategies from the crisis, for safely lifting containment measures and helping our societies to get back to normal once the worst of the crisis is over.
  • Monitoring the pandemic’s impact on major economic sectors, including the aviation industry, tourism and global trade.

Please find more information on JRC activities in response to the coronavirus pandemic here.