The EU medical equipment reserve stock in Sweden has been activated for the first time
For the first time, support from the EU medical equipment reserve in Sweden has been activated. Latvia, which is in a difficult situation due to Covid-19, requested and received support through the EU.
Latvia has been experiencing a very strained situation due to the pandemic, with many patients hospitalised, the country therefore filed a request to the European Union. Sweden is, through its Civil Contingencies Agency, one of the EU countries that is tasked to be responsible for the EU emergency stockpile of healthcare equipment.
Pallets of material from Kristinehamn warehouse
To support Latvia, 80 ventilators were sent from the Swedish EU warehouse. The assistance was sent on Sunday, 31 October and reached Latvia on November, 1st. Transport has been carried out by road and sea. The warehouse is located in Kristinehamn in Värmland.
About the EU medical equipment reserve in Sweden and rescEU
In 2020, Sweden was commissioned by the EU to stock personal protective equipment such as breathing masks, protective coats and ventilators.
The objective is to have material available for use in major crises when EU countries' own resources cannot cover the needs.
The medical equipment reserve is part of the development of the EU's joint preparedness and emergency response within the framework of rescEU. RescEU is a system of EU-wide resources that aims to strengthen preparedness and response capacity to various types of crises, such as forest fires or pandemics. Sweden is also a host country for scooping aircraft and helicopters.
The project to establish the EU medical equipment reserve warehouse is a collaboration between the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration and the National Board of Health and Welfare. The Civil Contingencies Agency leads the project and is responsible for warehousing and export of requested equipment.
The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration is responsible for procurement and purchasing, including quality assurance and delivery monitoring of, among other things, medical technical equipment and protective equipment. The National Board of Health and Welfare supports the other agencies with knowledge of protective equipment and certain medical equipment and in matters of warehousing.
- rescEU is a common reserve of capacities at EU level, aiming at boosting the preparedness and response capacity for different types of crises, including forest fires and pandemics.
- All requests for protective equipment and medical equipment go through the EU. If necessary, Sweden may request assistance through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism, just like other countries. The EU decides on stockpile activation.
- Sweden already hosts support to rescEU in the form of helicopters and scooping aircrafts.