Did The UK Government Really Spurn EU Ventilator Procurement Support?
The UK is taking measures to increase its ventilator stock from 8,000 to some 30,000, but it will take time to make them available. Many are asking whether the government really rejected EU help, which could have brought relief sooner, because of Brexit.
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There is an uneven distribution around the countries of Europe of medical technology and PPE needed to manage the COVID-19 crisis. The EU is creating a stockpile to help countries in need.
The hope is now that a new EU document will be issued to address head on the scale of bottlenecks at notified bodies and of products needing to be removed from the market.