Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne has called on the European Commission to develop a mechanism to provide support to those regions where the health systems are overstretched as a result of the virus. Deputy Prime Minister Fearne was speaking during the extraordinary EPSCO Health Ministers Council of the European Union, which was held on Friday in Brussels.
Minister Fearne also highlighted the importance that the EU provides the necessary support to its neighbours, with a specific reference to our Southern neighbours. He noted that the Covid-19 epidemiological situation varies from member state to member state, and the situation also varies from one region to another within the same member state. Therefore, it will be imperative that European Union member states work together, not only on containment and mitigation measures, but also to jointly procure the required supplies.
Meanwhile, Malta is constantly in contact both with the European Commission and with other member states to monitor the evolving situation closely.