EU giving €232 million for fight against Wuhan coronavirus
Topics: WUHAN CORONAVIRUS
“Our new aid package will support the World Health Organisation (WHO) and target funding to ensure countries with weaker health systems are not left behind. Our goal is to contain the outbreak at a global level,” said Lenarčič.
The EU funds will be distributed to WHO to boost public health emergency preparedness, to Africa to support rapid diagnosis, to Public Private Partnership with the pharmaceutical and research industry and the rest to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to assist with repatriation of EU citizens from Wuhan, China.
EU’s Economy Commissioner, Paolo Gentiloni tried to ease fears, saying that “we share concern for possible contagion there is no need to panic,” adding that the EU fully trusts Italian authorities’ decisions.
“In view of the rapidly evolving situation, we stand ready to increase our assistance. In this vein, a joint expert mission of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organisation will depart to Italy this week to support the Italian authorities,” said Kyriakides. ■