About ECDC

ECDC is an EU agency aimed at strengthening Europe's defences against infectious diseases. The core functions cover a wide spectrum of activities: surveillance, epidemic intelligence, response, scientific advice, microbiology, preparedness, public health training, international relations, health communication, and the scientific journal Eurosurveillance.

ECDC disease programmes cover:

  • Antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections
  • Emerging and vector-borne diseases
  • Food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses
  • HIV, sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis
  • Influenza and other respiratory viruses
  • Tuberculosis
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases.

In 2021, ECDC continues to contribute to health security, giving particular attention to the following areas:

  • Tackle antimicrobial resistance
  • Improve vaccine coverage in the EU
  • Support the European Commission and the Member States in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals in the area of HIV, TB and hepatitis
  • Further support the European Commission and the Member States in strengthening the preparedness for cross-border health threats
  • Focus on strategic partnerships to create synergy and avoid duplication of work
  • Further enhance ECDC’s operational performance and monitoring. 

The ECDC also monitors and provides information on COVID-19, and supports the response by Member States to the pandemic.