EU mobilises emergency reserves for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats in Ukraine


An apartment building hit by a missile in Kyiv (Image courtesy: Twitter/@DefenceU/Dmytro Sanin)

The European Commission has mobilised its new rescEU emergency reserves following a request from the Ukraine government for medical equipment, protective gear and specialised equipment for public health risks such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats,

EU-provided equipment includes 300,000 specialised protection suits, 5,600 litres of decontaminants and 850 pieces of equipment for decontamination operations. As hospitals in Ukraine are in urgent need of medical equipment, the EU is also donating patient monitors, infusion pumps and ventilators, together with protective equipment for the medical staff, like masks and gowns.

With a total financial value of €11.3 million, this assistance will be delivered to Ukraine from the EU's emergency stockpiles hosted by Romania, Hungary, Sweden, Germany, Greece and Denmark.

"Hospitals and medical workers in Ukraine are working under fire, and we must do everything in our power to provide them the necessary tools to save lives," said Janez Lenarcic, EU's Commissioner for Crisis Management in a statement.

The EU's Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in constant contact with the Ukrainian authorities to provide further assistance based on the specific needs indicated by Ukraine.

Following the activation of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, rescEU provides an extra layer of protection and ensures a faster and more comprehensive response to disasters. The rescEU reserve is 100% EU-financed and the European Commission maintains, in close cooperation with the country hosting the reserve, control of their operation.

The European Commission has been building strategic reserves of response capacities through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. It includes stockpiles that include both medical and CBRN medical countermeasures and equipment.

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