EU grants Poland EUR 120.9 mln for epidemic fight

The Polish health service has received PLN 550 million (EUR 120.9 million) from the EU's Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment for the fight against the COVoD-19 epidemic, the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy announced on Friday.

The ministry noted that PLN 465 million (EUR 102.2 million) has been earmarked for use by hospitals while the remainder should reach the account next week. The money is for the purchase of ventilator, intensive care beds, masks, gloves and disinfectants, among others.

"We have mobilised all forces to share necessary and effective help in the fight against the pandemic," Fund and Regional Policy Minister Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak was quoted in a release as saying. "Our Antivirus Package Fund is an effective response to the turbulence caused by coronavirus." She added that thanks to good cooperation between the Ministry of Health and the European Commission, the money would reach hospitals at an express rate.

The communique stated that the crisis staff working at the Ministry of Health is continually monitoring the situation and is collecting demands from hospitals. The equipment bought with the EU funds will be transferred to hospitals in line with their declared needs.