Poland urges EU to build up stocks of medicines, medical equipment

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Poland's PM, Mateusz Morawiecki, along the leaders of five other European Union countries, has called for greater collaboration to tackle future pandemics including maintaining a three-month stock of critical medicines, supplies and equipment across the EU.

According to the Reuters agency, a joint paper on the matter was sent to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday, by the leaders of Poland, Denmark, Spain, Germany, France and Belgium.

The letter is a response the need for closer cooperation between EU nations in order to ensure the bloc's better preparedness for future health pandemics in the light of experience related to COVID-19, the Polish Permanent Representation to the EU tweeted on Wednesday.

As PAP learned from EU sources, in the paper, the EU leaders backed proposals for increased research into medicines, development of vaccines, joint procurement of stocks and the strengthening of the EU's resilience in supply chains.

So far the EU nations have reported some 1.4 million cases of coronavirus infection. At the height of the crisis, many EU states resorted to protectionist measures, raising trade barriers to hinder the export of medical equipment to their neighbours.