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Coronavirus response: EU dispatches additional rescEU masks to Croatia, Montenegro and North Macedonia

rescEU’s reserve of capacities has been broadened in March 2020 to also include strategic medical equipment to respond to the new needs. © Romanian General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU), 2020

This week, more batches of FFP2 and FFP3 protective masks are being distributed to Croatia, Montenegro and North Macedonia from rescEU - the common European reserve of medical equipment set up this year to help countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are delivering more masks from the rescEU reserve of medical equipment to help the national authorities in their response to COVID-19. At the same time, we are continuing to build up our reserves of medical equipment, so that we are well prepared. The pandemic is not over and we must continue to be vigilant, working in coordination at European level”, said Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič.

In addition to the delivery of equipment, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism coordinated this week the deployment of an Italian Emergency Medical Team to support local health authorities in Azerbaijan.

6 medical experts will spend 2 weeks helping fight against the coronavirus. Since the start of the pandemic, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has responded to 25 requests, among others to provide personal protective equipment, medicines and health experts.

Publication date
07/08/2020