Four more member states join EU medical strategic stockpile

Denmark, Greece, Hungary and Sweden have joined Germany and Romania as host countries of the rescEU medical equipment strategic reserve, the European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic announced on Tuesday.

Talking to journalists in Brussels, Lenarcic said that the Coronavirus emergency has demonstrated the “limited availability of personal protective equipment and other vital medical supplies worldwide.”

The rescEU reserve was established in March when the Coronavirus pandemic hit Europe, after it became clear that member states could not respond to the constantly increasing demand for medical and personal protective equipment.

With the reserve being entirely financed by the Commission, six member states are now in the process of building a common European stockpile of life-saving equipment and other vital medical supplies, the Commissioner said.

He added that the rescEU reserve is due to be distributed in cases of medical emergencies or when national health systems are overwhelmed. The high grade medical stocks now include FFP2 and FFP3 masks, protective gowns, gloves, as well as ventilators.

“With winter approaching and coronavirus cases increasing, the rescEU is stepping up a gear,” Lenarcic wrote in a Twitter post on Tuesday.

He added that “the rescEU stock of medical equipment gets bigger: Denmark, Greece, Hungary and Sweden joined Germany and Romania as host states.”

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