Coronavirus response: Hungary and the United States deliver assistance to the Republic of Moldova
Hungary delivered medical supplies to the Republic of Moldova on 28 April 2020 in order to deal with the COVID 19 pandemic. Visiting Chisinau, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Péter Szijjártó personally handed over 100.000 masks and 5,000 protective overalls to the Moldovan authorities. Hungary’s bilateral support to the Republic of Moldova was in response to a request for assistance through NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC).
Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova receives special protective equipment. (Photo: Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova)
The Republic of Moldova also received respirators, protection suits and other medical items from the United States on 23 April 2020 in order to deal with the COVID 19 pandemic.
The items were delivered through the United States European Command and donated to the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova. They were further distributed to first line rescuers and responders in the quarantined areas of the country. The donations included 500 respirators, 379 protection suits and other items.
Earlier this month, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided infection prevention and control support to health facilities in the Republic of Moldova and offered 1.2 million US dollars to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. This assistance will help prepare laboratory systems, identify and monitor new cases, and support technical experts for response and preparedness.
The Republic of Moldova requested assistance via NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC). The EADRCC is NATO’s principal disaster response mechanism. The Centre operates on a 24/7 basis, coordinating requests from NATO Allies and partners, as well as offers of assistance to cope with the consequences of major crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.