Coronavirus: 220 million euros rallied by the EU to transfer patients between countries

Published by Alexandre G. · Published on 30 October 2020 at 11h57 · Updated on 3 November 2020 at 15h34
As the second Covid-19 epidemic wave keeps on killing thousands of people across the world, European Union heads of States agreed on Thursday October 29, 2020 to better coordinate their vaccine strategies, but specifically in order to unlock funds to transfer Covid patients from one country to the other.

Europe is rallying in a coordinated strategy to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Many European countries, including France, have placed their countries into a new lockdown, over the violence of the second coronavirus wave hitting the Old Continent. This Thursday October 29, 2020, the European Union announces they are rallying 220 million euros to pay for the transfer of Covid-19 sick from one country to the other, to better scatter victims of the epidemic and relieve overcrowded hospitals.

The day following Emmanuel Macron’s statements as for the implementation of a national new lockdown, the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen clarified the news. The idea of this exceptional coordination is the EU state membershave to share comprehensive and accurate data in real time” with a platform accessible to all.

During the video-conference that decided this action, the twenty-seven countries of the European Union agreed to draw up an inventory of the capacities in intensive care units on the continent scale. For the record, EU countries better reacted than for the first lockdown, since the borders between the Union countries remain open.

Then, all these data are collected by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. From then on, these essential data amid the health crisis will enable the authorities of each and every country “to share best practice and to align science advice to governments across the Union” the president of the Commission insists on.

At the same time, borders with member countries remain open. As for vaccines, same coordinated strategy for the upcoming cures to be available “at the same time and at the same conditions”.

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