The European Commission has approved a joint procurement agreement under which all European Union (EU) member states will be able to “procure pandemic vaccines and  other medical countermeasures as a group, rather than individually” thus allowing them to better  prepare for future health threats and “provide their citizens with the necessary medicines and to  obtain them under better conditions than in the past,” according to Commissioner for Health Tonio  Borg. He called on all member states “to sign the Joint Procurement Agreement as soon as possible  so that we can proceed to the first procurement of pandemic vaccines.” See European Commission Press Release, April 10, 2014.