Belgium: EU to 'launch joint procurement' to tackle coronavirus

EU health ministers have warned that «intense co-operation» must continue in order to tackle the deadly coronavirus at a conference in Brussels on Thursday. EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said, «member states overall have strong health systems and are well prepared to deal with potential cases of COVID-19 virus,» but also said the EU was putting a «local procurement» in place to deal... Еще with concerns that there may be medicinal shortages if the situation «deteriorates.» Currently there are no shortages in the EU, she confirmed, adding that the EU may need to support «more fragile health systems» like China if the virus is to be contained. The death toll of the virus, which has been declared by the WHO as a «global health emergency» has overtaken the SARs epidemic of the early 2000s, claiming the lives of 1,370. Around 60,000 persons have been infected in China alone with more than 350 cases declared in over 25 other countries, including Germany, the UK and the US. Three deaths have been confirmed outside China; in Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

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