RescEU Scheme Will Manage EU’s Internal Emergency Device And PPE Needs During COVID-19
There is an uneven distribution around the countries of Europe of medical technology and PPE needed to manage the COVID-19 crisis. The EU is creating a stockpile to help countries in need.
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EU member states and the European Commission are playing catch up in devising strategies to manage and stop the spread of COVID-19. Now the commission explains how its plans to coordinate testing strategies will work.
The UK is taking measures to increase its ventilator stock from 8,000 to some 30,000, but it will take time to make them available. Many are asking whether the government really rejected EU help, which could have brought relief sooner, because of Brexit.
The UK is near the bottom of the European ranking of ICU beds available, with just 6.6 per 100,000 – and it has just 5,000 ventilators. The COVID-19 crisis is demanding a response that many are comparing to a war effort.