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EU pledges €230m to help fight COVID-19

The European Union has pledged an aid package of €230 million to help fight the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, as Italy continues to see a rise in cases across the country.

Italian authorities announced four fatalities from the virus in the space of 48 hours, as it cancelled festivities for carnival, amongst other events.

At a press briefing the European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic, and the European Commissioner for Food Safety Stella Kyriakidou announced the €230 million allocated towards the “global fight” against the virus.

The funds will be distributed as follows:

  • €114 million to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) call for global preparedness
  • €15 million to support partner countries
  • €100 million to research funding, development of vaccines, and treatment
  • €3 million to support member states’ efforts on the provision of personal protective equipment and on repatriations of EU citizens

At this point, the two Commissioners insisted that there will not be restrictions imposed on travel or trade.

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