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SANTE-CORONAVIRUS-UNION: The EU proposes a coordinated reinforcement of the fight against the coronavirus
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a series of new measures against the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe in the face of a surge it considers "alarming" in new cases of infection, in calling on the 27 member countries to improve their coordination.
"The relaxation of the measures applied during the summer months has not always been accompanied by decisions making it possible to constitute a sufficient reaction capacity", regrets the Commission in a press release.
Argentina hits 1 million cases as virus slams Latin America
USHUAIA, Argentina (AP) — At the edge of Argentina in a city known as “The End of the World,” many thought they might be spared from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. Sitting far from the South American nation’s bustling capital, health workers in Ushuaia were initially able to contain a small outbreak among foreigners hoping to catch boats to the Antarctic at the start of the crisis. But as Argentina passed 1 million virus cases Monday, it is now smaller cities like Ushuaia that are seeing some of the most notable upticks. Doctors have had to quadruple the number of beds for COVID-19 patients over the last month.
She advises national governments to coordinate their testing strategies and make greater use of antigen testing even if the supply of such testing shows signs of strain.
The community executive adds that "the current shortages of testing capacity" require a rapid reaction.
Video: Union arrivals for the meeting on the health crisis (AFP)
The President of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen, announced last week that the Union would devote 100 million dollars euros for the purchase of 22 million antigenic tests in order to meet the "immediate needs" of the member states, but it now calls on them to go further by resorting to a group purchasing mechanism.
The Commission also proposes to establish common rules on compulsory tests for travelers and quarantine.
At the same time, it extended the suspension of customs duties and taxes on imports of medical devices until April.
Member countries should also exempt test kits and vaccines from VAT, she said, reiterating her call to governments for the rapid definition of vaccine strategies, so that the most vulnerable populations have access as quickly as possible. possible for future COVID-19 vaccines.
For Ursula von der Leyen, vaccines could be available in Europe from the beginning of April.
(Francesco Guarascio, French version Marc Angrand, edited by Blandine Hénault)
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