On 17 May 2023, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, and US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Xavier Becerra, met in Brussels to launch the EU-US Health Task Force.
The EU and the US share a prioritised focus on improving cancer prevention, detection and care for everyone facing cancer. That is why the Task Force has established two expert-level working groups focused on childhood/young adult cancer and lung cancer in the context of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the US Cancer Moonshot. This collaboration aims to facilitate peer-learning, exchange best practices, and advise on the development of possible joint initiatives to improve cancer outcomes across the globe. The goal is to promote the establishment of a new structured dialogue on cancer, addressing both cancer policies and research collaborations. This will be done by finding common ground between the US Cancer Moonshot Initiative and Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the EU Cancer Mission, and US National Cancer Plan.
The first virtual meeting of the EU and US chairs of the childhood/young adult cancer and lung cancer working groups took place on 10 May.