The bloc launches a millionaire program to help Argentina fight Covid, with actions in hospitals and with the vulnerable population.
The European Union, whose countries were among the hardest hit by the coronavirus and now faces a rather critical second wave, maintains that the pandemic must be faced globally, coordinating efforts in the production and dissemination of a vaccine that reaches everyone, without distinction.
In a virtual press conference held in Buenos Aires, which brought together 12 European ambassadors in our country, the EU insisted on the need to adopt joint policies, and in that sense launched the global initiative “Team Europe”, a program that mobilizes funds to help Argentina fight Covid with support actions in hospitals, at the borders and working with the most vulnerable population.
“The vaccine has to be accessible to everyone”, said the EU ambassador to Argentina, Aude Maio-Coliche, and remarked that “faced with the proportions of the pandemic, no one is capable of overcoming this enormous challenge in isolation.”
This criterion was endorsed by the German ambassador to this country, Ulrich Sante. “Vaccination against Covid-19 should be considered a global common good“, said the diplomat, and stressed that” the German government, as well as our European friends, are committed to seeking multilateral solutions that also benefit Argentina. “
Different laboratories from countries that make up the EU, including companies from Germany, Italy and France, are developing vaccines against Covid-19 and its human trials advanced enough to allow the product to be available by the middle of next year.
The European Union is now emphasizing daily aid against the pandemic, through the “Team Europe” program, a joint action mechanism aimed at helping Argentina in the health crisis.
It is an investment of 918 million euros, which is expanded according to needs. Medicines and equipment for the protection and detection of Covid-19 were donated to various provinces, there was an exchange of experiences with European experts on the management of the pandemic and research for new treatments is being supported.
The aid “is being channeled through specialized agencies of the UN and we also work with different NGOs,” explained Ambassador Maio-Coliche. “No funds are granted to agencies or officials directly,” he added.
“We have launched multiple actions in different provinces, connecting people with decision-making powers and experts from both parties,” said the diplomat.
At the time of launching this initiative, the High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borrell, indicated that “the coronavirus not only has Europe, but the entire world community in its clutches and is the common enemy of the world. An enemy that we can only defeat with a global approach and cross-border coordination “.