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EU will send more than 230 million euros to counteract coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The European Commission announced the adoption of a new package of measures in the amount of 232 million euros to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

The EU authorities noted that part of the funds will be allocated in the near future, the rest will be distributed in the coming months.

At a press conference on Monday, February 24, the European Commissioner for Anti-Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, commented on this decision, saying that part of this amount would be directed to the budget of the World Health Organization. Funding will also be given to countries with “weaker health systems”.

114 million euros will be allocated from the announced package of measures to the WHO budget to control the spread of coronavirus; another 100 million euros will be allocated to study measures to prevent and combat the spread of infectious diseases. 15 million euros were said to be allocated to the Pasteur Institute in Senegal.

During the speech, the European Commissioner for Crisis Management also acknowledged that the spread of the virus will negatively affect the economy of the EU countries. However, he emphasized that anti-crisis measures should be taken on the basis of reliable scientific data and risk assessments associated with the spread of the disease.

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