Coronavirus: EU funding for the transport of essential goods, medical teams and patients

European Union countries can now apply for additional funding via the Emergency Support Instrument worth €220 million to transport essential goods, medical teams and patients affected by the coronavirus. This comes in addition to support already available via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and deliveries shipped previously via rescEU.

Today, a pilot operation has successfully delivered over 7 tonnes of personal protective equipment to Bulgaria. The cargo includes over 500,000 protective masks, purchased by Bulgaria with transport costs covered by the EU. 

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