Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (446)

Neale Richmond

Question:

446. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Health if Ireland has decided to partake in the rescEU stockpile of medical equipment; if so, the breakdown of supplies received; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2186/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Commission has developed the rescEU medical stockpile and distribution system under the umbrella of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM). The stockpile, which is currently hosted across six Member States (Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Sweden), enables the delivery of medical equipment to Member States and other participating countries at a reduced cost, or free of charge in some instances.

To date, Ireland has not submitted any requests for medical equipment under rescEU.