Coronavirus: EU medical teams deployed to Romania

Over the past three weeks, nine countries have offered assistance to Romania via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. A medical team from Denmark and another from Poland have arrived in Bucharest this week to help Romanian doctors treat the increasing number of COVID-19 patients. Also this week, 350 oxygen concentrators from the rescEU stockpile hosted by the Netherlands were delivered to Romania, in addition to the 200 rescEU oxygen concentrators delivered earlier this month. In the last days, via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, Serbia has delivered 170 oxygen concentrators and 6,365 doses of monoclonal antibodies, while Germany offered 12,750 units of monoclonal antibodies and Slovakia offered 1, 000 doses of monoclonal antibodies, 500,000 antigen tests and other medical devices. Also via the Mechanism, Poland made a second offer of 150 oxygen concentrators, 55 cardiac monitors, 50 respirators, and other material. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “The European Civil Protection Mechanism continues to prove its worth in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to thank Serbia for their first offer of assistance via the Mechanism and to Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia for their continuous assistance to Romania. The EU remains committed to channel all the necessary help to Romania and other countries in need.” Following Romania’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, 1,075 packages of different intensive care medicines have been offered by Austria and an additional 89,030 vials of medicines, 18 ventilators, medical equipment and accessories have been offered by France. In addition to 50 oxygen concentrators from Poland, 5,200 vials of monoclonal antibodies from Italy, 15 ventilators and 8 oxygen concentrators delivered from Denmark to Romania. A medical team from Moldova that arrived in Romania two weeks ago continues to provide specialised medical assistance. Romanian COVID-19 patients have been transported to Hungary, Poland and Austria for treatment.