In response to EU medical device support as Beijing deals with the Covid-19 epidemic, China will send 2.2 million masks and 50,000 test kits to the EU this week.
According to Reuters, Chinese support at this time is considered necessary for the EU, as the bloc is having difficulty securing supplies of masks and medical protective equipment, although earlier this month in the bloc’s countries. tried to find a solution to this problem.
“China did not forget that in January, when China was the focus of the outbreak, the European Union helped,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, in a video. posted on Twitter, reiterating the EU donated 50 tons of medical equipment to China in January.
“Today we have become the focus of the global corona virus pandemic, and we also need protective gear. We are increasing production capacity … but it takes a few weeks, and for the time being they I am very grateful for the help from China, “said von der Leyen.
The president of the European Commission said she had telephoned with Prime Minister Li Keqiang, who said that China could send 200,000 N95 masks, 2 million medical masks and 50,000 Covid-19 test kits to Europe. Au immediately.
Before Li offered help, the EU failed to call on medical protective equipment manufacturers to increase production to meet demand in Europe.
These manufacturers are mostly located in China and other Asian countries, and they are operating at full capacity.
25 out of 27 EU countries have agreed to join a joint purchase of medical protective equipment, to facilitate the purchase, reduce the price of this item and avoid competition between countries. tablets.
However, many countries are also trying to procure equipment unilaterally, and last week China also sent to Italy separately medical protective equipment including masks.
The European Commission successfully persuaded France and Germany – the two countries to produce the most medical devices of the bloc – to lift their export quotas to secure supplies across Europe.