Introducing a coherent European framework for tuning COVID-19 response measures

Guidance
Cite:

Introducing a coherent European framework for tuning COVID-19 response measures, 17 March 2021 Stockholm: ECDC; 2021.

This document presents a coherent, yet non-prescriptive framework for tuning COVID-19 response measures in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA). Its aim is to ensure efficiency and encourage public trust and compliance, while continuing to protect the health of European citizens.

Executive summary

  • This document describes the development of a coherent, yet non-prescriptive framework for tuning COVID-19 response measures in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA). Its aim is to ensure efficiency and encourage public trust and compliance while continuing to protect the health of European citizens.
  • The framework is based on the concept of a ‘contact budget’, allowing Member States to estimate the extent to which the effective contact rate needs to change, or can be allowed to change, to achieve certain epidemiological tiers.
  • Estimates will be given for the effectiveness of different classes of response measures, enabling Member States to choose the most suitable policies for their context.
  • On the basis of ongoing consultations, an interactive tool will be developed, supporting policy-makers and allowing Member States to make use of their own epidemiological parameters.