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Coronavirus: additional 1 million pairs of surgical gloves sent to France through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

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A second shipment of 1 million pairs of medical gloves, sent by Norway, will be soon delivered to France, following the country’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. This assistance comes on top of another 2 million pairs of gloves, also sent by Norway, to answer France’s first request for assistance last week.

“I once again would like to thank Norway for quickly answering France’s request. Our Emergency Response Coordination Centre is facilitating the logistical arrangements and the EU will cover part of the transport costs. At a time when many countries are facing the harsh consequences of a second wave of the outbreak, EU solidarity is proving its paramount significance in overcoming the situation,” said Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management.

Also this week, the EU supports the Netherlands in sending personal protective equipment to the Caribbean Islands of Sint Maarten, Curacao and Aruba via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, 24 countries received assistance, consisting of medical or personal protective equipment, channelled through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

In addition to its coordination role, the EU finances 75% of the transport costs for the assistance dispatched. So far the EU also delivered 30 ventilators, 620,000 masks and 50,000 protective gowns from its rescEU medical reserve to EU Member States that requested assistance from this capacity.

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