The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down and so many questions remain, including around how it is affecting health technology assessment (HTA) bodies. HTA bodies report that they have had to ramp up and are increasingly relying on smaller evidence sets. Going forward the priorities for and speed of assessments, particularly for vaccines, is likely to increase. On top of this, economies struggling with significantly increased levels of debt may respond by tightening budgets outside communicable diseases thus affecting assessment priorities, methods and recommendations. During this panel, we explored how the pandemic is affecting HTA bodies in Europe and NA now and how it might affect them and their processes in the future. We invited HTA and pharmaceutical market experts to provide their insights.
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