Commission sets up rescEU stockpile of medical equipmentEuropost , Brussels
On Thursday, the Commission has decided to create a strategic rescEU stockpile of medical equipment such as ventilators and protective masks to help EU countries in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Medical equipment part of the stockpile will include intensive care items such as ventilators, reusable masks, vaccines and therapeutics, laboratory supplies.
The stockpile will be hosted by one or several EU countries that will be responsible for procuring the equipment. The EU executive will finance 90% of the stockpile and the Emergency Response Coordination Centre will manage the distribution of the equipment to ensure it goes where it is needed most.
The initial EU budget of the stockpile is €50m, of which €40m is subject to the approval of the budgetary authorities.
We are setting up a rescEU stockpile to rapidly get the supplies needed to fight the coronavirus, Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič stated. It will be used to support Member States facing shortages of equipment needed to treat infected patients, protect health care workers and help slow the spread of the virus and our plan is to move ahead without delay, he added.
Furthermore, under the Joint Procurement Agreement, Member States are in the process of purchasing personal protective equipment, respiratory ventilators and items necessary for coronavirus testing. This coordinated approach gives Member States a strong position when negotiating with the industry on availability and price of medical products.