New director of European disease centre defends its role in flu pandemic

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 04 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2430
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    Marc Sprenger, the new director of the Stockholm based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), has made it clear that he will not be pushing for the centre’s mandate to be extended to include non-communicable diseases.

    In his first major public appearance since being appointed director, Dr Sprenger told members of the European parliament’s public health committee on 28 April that, despite calls in some quarters for the centre’s role to be extended, he believed it should concentrate on consolidating existing achievements.

    He said that the organisation was entering “adolescence,” …

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