Following the announcement of the Hungarian government that it would send 150 ventilators in support of the fight against coronavirus in the Czech Republic, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shared the thanks of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Twitter. The President of the EC thanked Hungary in Hungarian for showing such solidarity to other member states in these difficult times.
In her tweet, von der Leyen said that she welcomes “such solidarity between Member States, such as Hungary is now showing to the Czech Republic. We need each other even more during this pandemic.”
As we have also reported, Czech authorities had asked for assistance from European Union and NATO member states in their fight against the rapid spread of the virus last week. On Friday, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Twitter that Hungary will send 150 ventilators to the Czech Republic. The Czech fire service will transport the ventilators to warehouses of the state reserve fund, from where they will be taken to hospitals as needed.
He also announced that the European Commission was also sending 30 ventilators to Prague from its own reserves.
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