Military medical staff to help with COVID-19 pandemic

Czech military medical staff demonstrates their skills during the military exercise Crystal Arrow 2020 in Adazi Military Base, Latvia, 09 March 2020. [EPA-EFE/TOMS KALNINS]

The Czech government approved on Thursday the 90-day stay of 300 military medical staff from EU and NATO members who would help the Czech Republic curb the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision must yet be passed by both houses of parliament.

The European Commission will send 30 ventilators from the EU crisis reserves to the Czech Republic, President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Thursday, adding that extra help will follow.

On top of that, the Czech Republic might be supplied with 60 additional ventilators from NATO reserves.

While Prime Minister Andrej Babiš was grateful for the help, Czech media pointed to his cabinet not having been so keen to help other states like Italy, which had been heavily impacted by the crisis some months ago.

(Ondřej Plevák | EURACTIV.cz)

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