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Coronavirus: EU sends personal protective equipment to Moldova

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Following Moldova's request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, Romania has offered various items of personal protective equipment to assist the country in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The shipment consists of 1,500,000 surgical masks, 100,000 FFP3 masks, 100,000 protective suits and 100,000 gloves. Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič said: “The pandemic knows no borders. This is why the European Union and the member states are committed to help their neighbours in the fight against the pandemic. I am grateful to Romania for their solidarity with Moldova and sending much needed protective equipment.” This comes in addition to earlier deliveries of personal protective equipment and ventilators from Czechia earlier this month and personal protective equipment and disinfectant from Austria and Poland in 2020. The EU co-ordinates and co-finances the transport costs of these deliveries via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 30 countries have received assistance in the form of medical or personal protective equipment, through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. 

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COVID-19: EU helps to deliver vaccines to Moldova and medical items to Montenegro and North Macedonia

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The EU is supporting Romania in delivering 50,400 doses of vaccines to Moldova in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This delivery follows Moldova's request for vaccines through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Commission co-ordinates and finances up to 75 % of the costs for transporting the assistance. The EU will also mobilize medical items via its RescEU medical reserve to North Macedonia and Montenegro to help them cope with the pandemic.

Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič said: “The EU continues to support its neighbours in the fight against the pandemic. I thank all the member states for their solidarity. I thank, in particular Romania, for once again helping Moldova through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. We can only beat this pandemic together.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Moldova has received a range of assistance coordinated through the Mechanism, including 21,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Romania in February 2021.

The EU will also mobilise its RescEU medical reserve hosted in Germany, Belgium, Greece and Romania to send 1.2 million items of personal protective equipment to North Macedonia and Montenegro.

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has coordinated and co-financed the delivery of over 23 million items of assistance to 31 countries to support their COVID-19 response, be it personal protective equipment, ventilators, the reinforcement of medical staff, or, more recently, vaccines.

Background

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism is one of the tools that has been instrumental in providing support to countries requesting assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Through the Mechanism, the EU is helping coordinate and finance the delivery of medical and protective equipment and material across Europe and the world, to countries that seek assistance.

The strategic medical reserve is part of the wider rescEU reserve, including other assets such as aerial firefighting and medical evacuation means. The rescEU reserve constitutes the last resort layer of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, which can be activated for all types of natural and man-made hazards. The reserve is hosted by several member states who are responsible for procuring the equipment.

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Moment of silence for a writer declared dead but still very much alive

Cristian Gherasim, Bucharest correspondent

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There was an embarrassing moment when  Zinaida Greceanîi, speaker of the Moldavian Parliament, called for a moment of silence for Spiridon Vangheli (pictured), a well-known writer in the Republic of Moldova. The only problem: Mr. Vangheli is alive and well, writes Cristian Gherasim.

"Dear colleagues, I announce with great regret that Spiridon Vangheli is dead. I call on you to hold a moment of silence,” the Parliament speaker said.             

Subsequently, another MP requested that the information be verified, and the Ministry of Health announced that the writer was alive. The Ministry of Health denied the news of the writer's death, reporting on his good health.

Zinaida Greceanîi, speaker of the Moldavian Parliament

The confusion started from the fact that Vangheli had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and had to be hospitalized.

Spiridon Vangheli declared for local media that he is in a stable condition, being hospitalized with COVID-19 in the local hospital.

The writer has since recovered, testing negative for COVID, but remains in hospital.

The spokesperson of the Republican Clinical Hospital Timofei Moșneaga, where the writer has been hospitalized, reported that the writer is still in the hospital, in a recovery ward. When he will be discharged is unknown, it depends on his pace of recovery. At the request of relatives, the spokeswoman said she could not provide further details.

Spiridon Vangheli is 88 years old. He is best known for his children's prose, which has been translated into many world language.

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EU co-ordinating the urgent delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to Moldova

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A consignment of 21,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines has been delivered to Moldova from Romania to support the country's response to the pandemic. This delivery follows Moldova's request for vaccines through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, to which Romania has responded rapidly with this offer.

Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič said: “I thank Romania for its generous and rapid offer to Moldova. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism continues to facilitate solidarity during the current pandemic. It is only through cooperation and mutual support, within the EU and also outside, that we can have an effective response to COVID-19. Supporting vaccination globally is essential for containing the COVID-19 pandemic: no country in the world will be safe until everyone is safe.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Moldova has already received a range of other offers co-ordinated through the Mechanism:

  • 8 million items including surgical masks, FFP3 masks, protective suits and gloves offered by  Romania;
  • 55 ventilators and 405,000 items of surgical masks, protective gloves and protective suits sent by Czechia;
  • almost 57,000 items of protective face shields and disinfectant liquid made available by Poland, and;
  • more than 6,000 items of examination gloves, hand disinfectant and blankets offered by Austria.

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has co-ordinated and co-financed the delivery of over 15 million items of assistance to 30 countries to support their COVID-19 response, be it personal protective equipment, ventilators, the reinforcement of medical staff, or, more recently, vaccines. The first vaccine delivery under the mechanism was facilitated last week, when the Netherlands sent 38,610 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, together with other vaccination tools, such as syringes and needles, to the three Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint-Maarten in response to their request for support.

In addition to the co-ordination of requests and offers made through the Mechanism, the EU also finances up to 75 % of the costs for transporting the assistance.

Background

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism is one of the tools that has been instrumental in providing support to countries requesting assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Through the Mechanism, the EU is helping coordinate and finance the delivery of medical  and protective equipment and material across Europe and the world, to countries that seek assistance.

In addition, the EU's rescEU medical reserve and the Emergency Support Instrument (ESI) have provided additional key support to member states' health response to the pandemic.

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