U.S., EU discuss vaccine development

The United States and the European Union recently met to encourage cooperation in vaccine, science and transportation research.

Representatives from both groups met at the Joint Consultative Group meeting between the United States and the European Union, which was held to help the participants find new ways to develop cooperation in science, technology and innovation, reports.

Both sides made use of the opportunity to discuss how to cooperate further in the prevention and treatment of diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. They also conferred about possible ways to strengthen the scientific capacity of developing countries.

The participants also signed a new agreement on transportation systems. The U.S. State Department said that the agreement, signed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the European Commission, will foster cross-cutting technologies to improve transportation systems in the United States, as well as help both countries maintain competitiveness.

Director-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission Robert-Jan Smits and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones personally met to explore cooperation in transatlantic marine, maritime and Arctic research, as well as materials science.

Additional cooperation in the area of raw materials research between the two participants and Japan was also brought to the table. Both sides agreed to explore further initiatives.