EU channeling further support to India amid surge in COVID-19 infections
On April 27, the European Union announced initial offers of support made by Ireland, Belgium, Romania, Luxembourg, Portugal and Sweden.
The commission is announcing further support packages from France, Italy, Austria and Finland, as well as additional supplies from Ireland via the mechanism:
France: 8 oxygen generators, each of which can make an Indian hospital autonomous in oxygen supply for approximately 10 years; liquid oxygen; and 28 ventilators.
Italy: 1 oxygen generating plant model, 20 ventilators
Ireland: An additional 550 oxygen concentrators, 60 ventilators
Finland: 318 oxygen cylinders
Austria: 5,521 vials of antiviral medication Remdesivir, 238 oxygen cylinders, 1,900 oxygen cannulas.
"We are working around the clock to channel EU assistance to India. It is in everyone's interest to support efforts at tackling the latest outbreak in the country. I thank France, Italy, Austria, Finland and Ireland for their latest offers of assistance. EU solidarity is fully in action," said Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic.
The commission co-finances the transport of these deliveries and coordinates the logistics via the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre.