Coronavirus: EU coordinates assistance to alleviate stock shortages on Dutch Caribbean islands

Following a request for assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the EU is coordinating the delivery of assistance to six Dutch Caribbean Islands. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has affected the whole of Europe and beyond. Thanks to the offer from the Netherlands, islands in the Caribbean will be better equipped to face the spread of the virus. Our Emergency Response Coordination Centre continues working 24/7 to support Member States.” The Netherlands offered medical equipment, tests, personal protective equipment, ventilators and medications. All items have been accepted and are being delivered via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to Curaçao, Bonaire, Aruba, Sint Maarten, Saint Eustatius and Saba islands by air and sea transport. Some of the assistance has already reached the islands, and more is due to arrive soon.