Coronavirus response: Poland provides medical aid to Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan to tackle global pandemic
As part of Allied solidarity and support to NATO members and partner countries, Poland has recently delivered critical medical assistance to Georgia, consisting of around 6,800 protective face shields and 5,400 litres of disinfectant detergent for hands and surface equipment, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The delivered aid followed a request for support from Georgia through the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC), NATO’s main civil emergency response mechanism. The Centre operates on a 24/7 basis, coordinating requests and offers of assistance. Since the start of the crisis, the EADRCC has coordinated requests from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and 16 NATO and partner countries, resulting in dozens of offers of assistance.
Georgia is one of the Alliance’s closest operational partners and an Enhanced Opportunities Partner. Its relations with NATO are underpinned by a Substantial NATO-Georgia Package of political and practical cooperation launched at the NATO Wales Summit in 2014.
Poland has also provided bilateral assistance to NATO partners Armenia and Azerbaijan, for the amount of PLN 106,000 and 87,000, respectively, worth of medical-grade masks, visors and disinfectant liquid.