Following a request for assistance from Romania, the EU is mobilising assistance to Romania to treat the high number of acute COVID-19 patients in the country.
Via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the EU has delivered:
- 200 oxygen concentrators from the rescEU strategic medical stockpile hosted by the Netherlands
- 50 oxygen concentrators from Poland
- 5,200 vials of monoclonal antibodies from Italy.
In addition, 15 ventilators and 8 oxygen concentrators will be delivered from Denmark to Romania.
Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “The EU stands by Romania’s side as COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to human lives and puts the health system of this EU Member State under enormous strain. I would like to thank Denmark, Italy, Poland, and The Netherlands for their swift assistance to Romania. Romania has been a very active member of the EU Civil Protection family helping other countries throughout the pandemic. The latest deliveries to Romania are a proof that EU solidarity always works both directions”.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has coordinated and co-financed the delivery of over 190 million items of personal protective and medical equipment, reinforced hospitals with additional medical staff and delivered vaccines and other essential equipment to more than 55 countries.
In addition, the EU created a strategic rescEU medical reserve and distribution mechanism under the umbrella of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The reserve enables the swift delivery of medical equipment hosted by Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden and The Netherlands.