EU mobilizes contingency reserves for chemical and other threats – The Sofia Globe

The European Commission has mobilized its new rescEU contingency stocks following a request from the Ukrainian government for medical equipment, protective equipment and specialized equipment for public health risks such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats, the commission announced June 27.

The equipment provided by the EU includes 300,000 protective suits, 5,600 liters of decontamination fluid and 850 pieces of decontamination equipment.

As hospitals in Ukraine urgently need medical equipment, the EU is also donating patient monitors, infusion pumps and ventilators, as well as protective equipment for medical staff such as masks and gowns, the statement said.

With a total financial value of 11.3 million euros, this aid will be delivered to Ukraine from the EU’s emergency stocks in Romania, Hungary, Sweden, Germany, Greece and Denmark.

“The EU Emergency Response Coordination Center is in constant contact with the Ukrainian authorities to provide further assistance based on the specific needs identified by Ukraine,” the European Commission said.

To improve the EU’s preparedness and response to public health risks such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats, the Commission has built up strategic pools of response capacities under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

This includes stockpiles containing both medical and CBRN medical countermeasures and equipment.

(Photo: EC Audiovisual Service)

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