European Union External Action

Coronavirus: The European Union and its Member States stand firmly by PNG in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic

Port Moresby, 07/04/2021 - 18:08, UNIQUE ID: 210407_21
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06/04/21 – Port Moresby, PNG – Since February the EU has already channelled through WHO 3 million EUR (12 M Kina) and in late March, at the request of PNG Authorities, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (an EU solidarity tool for emergency situations) has been activated.  After the timely support deployed by France last week, on 2nd of April Germany offered a 7-person Emergency Medical Team (2 doctors, 2 nurses and 3 light medical staff) who are expected to arrive in PNG around mid-April, with the length of deployment planned for at least 28 days. The German team will integrate with St Johns Ambulance.

Furthermore, the EU just decided to release an additional 1 million EUR (4 million Kina) to support the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in PNG to implement a 6-months intervention focused on increasing treatment capacity of public health care system, support the testing capacity in detention centres and provide general support to vaccination campaign in the country.

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