The European Commission announced this Monday that it is increasing its humanitarian aid to India to mitigate the serious spread of the coronavirus in the country after Spain, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands joined the aid package mobilized through the mechanism of are civil defense of the EU.
Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarcic welcomed the continued accession of Member States to the joint response to the request for assistance launched by the Indian authorities as there was a lack of funds to counter the progression of the pandemic.
“Collective action is the only solution if we are to win the fight against the pandemic,” said the Commissioner in a statement in which he was proud of the solidarity shown by the EU in a very “difficult” time for India.
In particular, Spain will contribute 119 oxygen concentrators and 145 fans, while the Czech Republic will contribute 500 oxygen cylinders, Denmark 53 fans, the Netherlands 30,000 vials and 100 oxygen concentrators, and Germany 15,000 vials, 516 fans and an oxygen generator.
The European Emergency Coordinator is responsible for coordinating Member States’ response to India in an action to which more than a dozen countries have already contributed, and the European Commission is also helping to co-finance the transportation of contributor resources.