The EU has channeled a consignment of COVID-19 vaccines to Bhutan through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The delivery includes 250,000 doses of vaccine from Denmark, 172,500 doses from Bulgaria and 10,000 doses from Croatia.
”No country in the world will be safe from COVID-19 unless it is contained globally,” said Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management. “I thank Denmark, Bulgaria and Croatia for being the first countries to offer vaccine to Bhutan through the swift coordination done by the European Civil Protection Mechanism. The EU with its Member States will keep ensuring international access to vaccines”
Team Europe is committed to the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the European Union helps coordinate and finance the delivery of medical equipment, including vaccines, across Europe and the world, to countries that have sought assistance.
The objective of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism is to strengthen cooperation between the EU Member States and 6 Participating States in the field of civil protection, with a view to improve prevention, preparedness and response to disasters. When the scale of an emergency overwhelms the response capabilities of a country, it can request assistance via the Mechanism. Through the Mechanism, the European Commission plays a key role in coordinating the response to disasters in Europe and beyond and contributes to at least 75% of the transport and/or operational costs of deployments.
Following a request for assistance through the Mechanism, the Emergency Response Coordination Centre mobilises assistance or expertise. The Centre monitors events around the globe 24/7 and ensures rapid deployment of emergency support through a direct link with national civil protection authorities. Specialised teams and equipment, such as forest firefighting planes, search and rescue, and medical teams can be mobilised at short notice for deployments inside and outside Europe.
Any country in the world, but also the United Nations and its agencies or a relevant international organisation, can call on the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for help. In 2020, the Mechanism was activated more than 90 times. For example, to respond to the coronavirus pandemic; the explosion in Beirut in Lebanon; floods in Ukraine, Niger and Sudan; the earthquake in Croatia; and tropical cyclones in Latin America and Asia.
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