The joint procurement of personal protective equipment launched by the European Commission to address the coronavirus crisis has proven successful.
Producers made offers covering and in some cases even exceeding the quantities requested by the Member States that take part in the procurement, for every single item requested. The joint procurement covers masks type 2 and 3, gloves, goggles, face-shields, surgical masks and overalls.
This provides reassurance that hospitals, healthcare professionals, care homes and people that need it will have the necessary equipment to protect them from the virus and to limit its spread.
The equipment should be available two weeks after the Member States sign the contracts with the bidders, which they should do very rapidly.
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