Denmark, Greece, Hungary, and Sweden have joined Germany and Romania as host countries of the rescEU medical equipment strategic reserve to stockpile supplies to fight COVID-19, the European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic announced on Tuesday, reports New Europe

Talking to journalists in Brussels, Lenarcic said that the Coronavirus emergency has demonstrated the “limited availability of personal protective equipment and other vital medical supplies worldwide.”

The rescEU reserve was established in March when the Coronavirus pandemic hit Europe, after it became clear that member states could not respond to the constantly increasing demand for medical and personal protective equipment.

With the reserve being entirely financed by the Commission, six member states are now in the process of building a common European stockpile of life-saving equipment and other vital medical supplies, the Commissioner said.

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