Poland to sign deal on biomedical cooperation with US this week

Polish Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski will sign an agreement on July 13 with United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, under which both countries will work together in the sphere of biomedical sciences.

As Krzysztof Jakubiak from the ministry's press and promotion office explained on Monday, Warsaw and Washington have a long tradition of conducting joint research in the fields of public health and biomedicine, and working together on health policy.

Thus the two governments decided to sign an agreement which would allow them to continue joint efforts based on "the principle of equality, reciprocity and mutual interest."

The deal will be signed at the US Health Department. Later, the Polish delegation will also meet officials at America's Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. In addition, the Health Ministry team will be hosted by the US-Poland Business Council and Polish scientists based in America.

Szumowski and his associates visited the US in April, to draft a memorandum about the agreement with American counterparts.

As the Polish health minister said at the time, he believes the signing of the agreement will allow Polish scholars to work more closely with American units in the field of life and health sciences.

This will undoubtedly be of benefit to Polish patients, Szumowski added in April.