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EU is allocating 232m euros to fight the spread of coronavirus

EUROPEAN UNION (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The European Commission has announced it has allocated 232m euros for global efforts to combat the deadly coronavirus.

“The European Commission is working all the time to support EU member states and strengthen international efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19,” the commission said in a statement.

It is noted that some of these funds will be allocated immediately to different sectors, while the rest will be released in the coming months.

Janez Lenarcic, the commissioner for crisis management, said: “With more than 2,600 lives already lost, there is no choice but to prepare at all levels.”

“Our new aid package will support the World Health Organization (WHO) and target funds to ensure that countries with poor health systems do not lag behind,” he added.

The aid package will be used for WHO research, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, research studies in Africa and studies of the pharmaceutical industry.

In China, which is the epicenter of the virus, the death toll has reached 2,594, with over 79,000 confirmed cases.

Following the global spread of the virus, the WHO has declared an international health emergency.

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