“This support was provided as part of the coordinated efforts of EU Member States currently underway to pool their resources in order to respond quickly to address the alarming epidemiological situation in India,” the EU said in a statement.
He said more EU support from other member states, including Germany, is expected in the coming days.
As part of the civil protection mechanism, Ireland is sending 700 oxygen concentrators, an oxygen generator and 365 ventilators to India while Belgium is providing 9,000 doses of the antiviral drug Remdesivir and Sweden 120 ventilators, according to the EU.
Likewise, Romania supplies 80 oxygen concentrators and 75 oxygen cylinders while Luxembourg sends 58 ventilators to India.
For its part, Portugal is in the process of shipping 5,503 vials of Remdesivir and 20,000 liters of oxygen per week.
France has already announced that it is sending oxygen generators, liquid oxygen containers, ventilators and other medical supplies to India by air and sea to support the country.
As part of its Civil Protection Mechanism, the EU plays a central role in coordinating its responses to emergencies in Europe and beyond.
Janez Lenarcic, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, said the group stands in full solidarity with the Indian people and is ready to do everything possible to support them at this “critical time”.
“I would like to thank our Member States who have come in large numbers with generous offers of assistance, showing that the EU is a trusted partner and a friend in times of need,” he said.
“The scope of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism extends far beyond the borders of the EU. Our Emergency Response Coordination Center facilitates logistical arrangements and the EU will cover most of the transport costs. “, he added.
The objective of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism is to strengthen cooperation between EU Member States and six participating States in the field of civil protection, with a view to improving prevention, preparedness and response to disasters.
“When the scale of an emergency exceeds a country’s response capacities, it can ask for help through the mechanism,” the EU said.
He said that following a request for assistance through the mechanism, the Emergency Response Coordination Center mobilizes assistance or expertise.
He declared that “Team Europe” is committed to the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its health, social, economic, humanitarian, security and political impacts.
“With this approach, the EU is showing leadership, responsibility and solidarity with those most affected by the pandemic,” he said.
The EU said “Team Europe” remains at the forefront of global efforts to ensure international access to vaccines, with a contribution of € 2.47 billion to the COVAX initiative.
To date, more than 40.5 million euros of vaccine doses have been delivered to more than 100 countries around the world.