The European Union (EU) allocated about 31 million euros (36 million dollars) to support the fight against COVID-19 in Venezuela, where 810 deaths from this pandemic have so far been recorded, the EU delegation reported in a statement.
“The EU and the Member States present in the country are adapting several of their draft humanitarian aid and cooperation by including the health and human needs derived from the pandemic (…) The budget allocation amounts to about 31 million euros, “the group said in the letter.
This money, explained the European delegation, has been destined mainly in the sectors of health, water and sanitation and food safety, through projects carried out in partnership with the United Nations, the Red Cross movement, and local and international civil society organizations.
In this way, these donations have so far been translated into “dissemination campaigns on prevention and early response to coronavirus“, as well as in the acquisition and distribution of protection material, medicines or medical equipment and in the provision of water for hospitals and educational centers.
In addition, the budget has reached for the distribution of hygiene material in nursing homes, the distribution of food and nutrition to vulnerable populations, “the protection of people in transit or at risk of violence” and to help journalists in the midst of the pandemic.
It has been facilitated, the statement continues, the arrival to the country of 82.5 tons of material that includes personal protective equipment, medicines, water purifiers and material for family hygiene, provided by humanitarian organizations and that will help more than 500,000 Venezuelans.
“Despite the fact that the European Union is one of the most affected areas on the planet by COVID-19, is firmly committed to helping other countries in their health and human efforts in the fight against the pandemic, “the letter underlines.
These donations are part of the “Team Europe” package which began in April and has so far mobilized 36,000 million euros, of which 900 million have been earmarked to support “their Latin American partners and the Caribbean, “the statement added.