President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that once the anti-COVID vaccine is available, it will be provided to EU member states and stressed the need to increase funding available under the Emergency Support Instrument to allow the increase of vaccine supply sources.
“With regard to the anti-COVID-19 vaccine, once it becomes available, we hope that it will be provided to all Member States as soon as possible. However, there is a need – and I will emphasize this – to increase the funding available under the Emergency Support Instrument to allow the increase of vaccine supply sources,” said President Iohannis, at the Cotroceni presidential Palace.
The president announced that he will participate in the videoconference with the members of the European Council on the measures regarding the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I intend to emphasize to the European partners the importance of ensuring the proper functioning of the Single Market and the free movement within the European Union. At the same time, we will discuss the need to ensure adequate and sufficient reserves of medicines and medical equipment in all member states. We have the experience of the first wave, when purchasing them was extremely difficult and, in the end, very expensive, and now we have to take all the necessary measures to avoid a similar situation. There are solutions and I will bring them to mind in the meeting as well – I am referring to the RescEU storage reserves, as they are called, and the common acquisitions, which proved to be particularly useful,” said the president, according to Agerpres.
Consistent approach by EU member states on mutual recognition of COVID test results is absolutely necessary
Speaking shortly before a video conference of European Council members on the Covid response, President Klaus Iohannis said that a consistent approach by EU member states is absolutely necessary, and that they need to agree on common preconditions and tools for the mutual recognition of COVID test results.
“An (…) important topic of tonight’s video conference are the specific measures related to testing, isolation and quarantine, as well as the vaccine strategy at the level of the member states. A consistent approach by all the EU countries is necessary, by agreeing on common criteria and tools for the mutual recognition of test results,” Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday evening before the EU leaders’ video conference on Covid coordination.