EU to buy medical equipment for hospitals

French rescue team wearing protective suits carry a patient on a stretcher from Mulhouse hospital
French rescue team wearing protective suits carry a patient on a stretcher from Mulhouse hospital before being loaded into a helicopter as France faces an aggressive progression of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The European Commission has set up a scheme to gather medical equipment so that the necessary supplies to combat coronavirus can quickly get to member states facing shortages of equipment.

In a statement, the European Parliament said that this equipment is needed to treat infected patients, protect health care workers and help slow down the spread of the virus.

Also, EP is working with member states to swiftly approve €40 million for intensive care medical equipment such as ventilators and personal protective equipment, such as reusable masks.

Member states are also joining forces to buy personal protective equipment, respiratory ventilators and items necessary for coronavirus testing.

The European Parliament said that more than 1,800 citizens have been repatriated from all over the world following the outbreak of COVID-19 and this was possible through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

The aim of this mechanism is to strengthen the cooperation between EU countries in the field of civil protection and has saved EU citizens in the midst of earthquakes, hurricanes and floods and fighting forest fires.

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