After Finland, France, Croatia, and Poland also established a European strategic reserve of protective equipment against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents (CBRN), the European Commission announced on Monday.
The European strategic stocks include antibiotics, vaccines, antidotes, gas masks and protective equipment. The four reserves have a total value of 546.6 million euros. The European budget covers all costs. The material can be sent from these four locations to the affected Member States or partner countries in emergencies or threatening situations.
According to the Commission, the war in Ukraine underlines the need for European countries to be prepared. “We have identified CBRN as a priority health threat that we must guard against at the European level. It is important that medical countermeasures are available quickly when this threat becomes a reality,” said Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.
In addition to CBRN threats, the European health crisis service HERA identified pathogens with pandemic potential in July last year and the consequences of antimicrobial resistance as the three most important health threats that need to be coordinated at the European level. To better prepare for these scenarios, the Commission recently launched a new call for proposals for a total value of €636 million.