Ursula von der Leyen announced this Wednesday that the European Commission (EC) will make available 100 million euros for the acquisition of rapid tests for Covid-19 that will later be distributed to the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) .
The announcement was made this morning during a press conference to announce new measures to combat the pandemic and to alert countries in the European bloc to prepare for the second wave of Covid-19 and the arrival of a vaccine, urging the need a coordinated and effective strategy must be adopted.
"More than ever, there is now a need for cooperation, coordination and solidarity," he said. “We recommend an effective and coordinated vaccination strategy and ask [Member States] to increase testing capacity. The arrival of rapid tests may facilitate this process, but we ask that you adopt a European approach for approval and use ”.
Thus, under the EU support fund against Covid-19, the European Commission will proceed with the purchase of rapid tests worth 100 million euros.
"On our part, we will mobilize 100 million euros of the Emergency Support Instrument to buy rapid tests that will be distributed by the Member States", he announced.
In addition to this reinforcement in testing against the Sars-Cov-2 virus, the President of the European Commission also announced the joint acquisition of medical equipment for vaccination and the extension of the temporary suspension of customs duties and VAT on the import of medical equipment from third countries .
Ursula von der Leyen also announced that it will be proposed that hospitals and doctors be exempt from paying VAT on vaccines and test kits used in the fight against coronavirus.
“We ask Member States to prepare national vaccination plans and to reevaluate them at European level. We must be prepared for the arrival of vaccination at all levels ”, he appealed.