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A affected person carrying an oxygen masks is wheeled inside a COVID-19 hospital for remedy, amidst the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 26, 2021. — Reuters/File
  • The event comes after India requested assist via the EU Civil Safety Mechanism.
  • Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Disaster Administration, says the EU stands in full solidarity with the individuals of India.
  • This assist has been made consistent with the coordinated effort by EU member states.

The member states of the European Union will ship urgently-needed oxygen, medicines, and medical gear to India because the nation’s coronavirus loss of life toll nears 200,000, a press release from the bloc stated Tuesday.

The event comes after India requested assist via the EU Civil Safety Mechanism, which is coordinated by the Emergency Response Coordination Centre of the European Fee.

This assist has been prolonged consistent with the coordinated effort by EU member states at present underway to pool their assets in responding quickly to deal with the alarming epidemiological scenario in India.

Extra EU assist from the opposite member states is anticipated to be prolonged within the coming days, together with from France and Germany.


The affords of assist from the EU Member States by way of the Mechanism at present embrace:

  • Eire — 700 oxygen concentrators; 1 oxygen generator; 365 ventilators;
  • Belgium — 9,000 doses of antiviral medicines Remdesivir;
  • Romania — 80 oxygen concentrators and 75 oxygen cylinders;
  • Luxembourg — 58 ventilators;
  • Portugal — 5,503 vials of Remdesivir; 20,000 litres of oxygen per week.
  • Sweden — 120 ventilators.

In the meantime, Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Disaster Administration, in a press release, stated: “The EU stands in full solidarity with the Indian individuals and is able to do our utmost to assist them at this important time. I wish to thank our Member States that got here in numerously with beneficiant affords of assist, displaying that the EU is a trusted accomplice and a buddy at occasions of want.”

The objective of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism is to strengthen cooperation between the EU Member States and the six participating states in the field of civil protection.

If the scale of an emergency overwhelms the response capabilities of a country, it can request assistance via the mechanism.

Following a request for assistance through the mechanism, the Emergency Response Coordination Centre mobilises assistance or expertise. The Centre monitors events around the globe 24/7 and ensures rapid deployment of emergency support through a direct link with national civil protection authorities.

Any country in the world, but also the United Nations and its agencies or a relevant international organisation, can call on the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for help.

EU and COVAX

“Group Europe is dedicated to the worldwide struggle in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic and its well being, social, financial, humanitarian, safety and political impacts. With this strategy, the EU is displaying management, accountability, and solidarity with these most affected by the pandemic,” the statement said.

Team Europe remains at the forefront of global efforts to ensure international access to vaccines, with a €2.47 billion contribution to the COVAX initiative, it said.

“Until date, over €40.5 million doses of vaccine have been delivered to greater than 100 nations worldwide,” it added.

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