On 8 May, the European Commission announced the set-up of an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge with the purpose of transporting humanitarian workers and emergency supplies to some of the most critical areas around the world in order to respond to the situation caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, travelled to Bangui last week where he met with H.E. Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic, as well as with representatives of humanitarian organisations.
“Leaving any area of the world unprotected today leaves us all unprotected tomorrow. As part of our global response, the EU will open a dedicated Humanitarian Air Bridge to get aid into areas which lack supplies due to the difficulties of global transit. This can be a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable communities worldwide,”Lenarčič said in a press release issued last week.
The first flight to the Central African Republic departed from Lyon on 8 May. More humanitarian flights are being scheduled for the coming weeks, with African countries as a priority destination, given the pandemic’s potential to worsen many of the continent’s existing humanitarian crises.
.@EU_Commission, together w/ MS, has set up an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge to transport humanitarian workers & emergency supplies to fight #coronavirus to some of most critical areas around the 🌍. Leaving any area of the world unprotected today leaves us all unprotected tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/joX69Vvas0— Janez Lenarčič (@JanezLenarcic) May 8, 2020
#Coronavirus has hampered the global transit, affecting aid delivery to vulnerable communities living in crises. The EU #HumanitarianAirBridge helps transport aid workers & supplies for the coronavirus response to some of most critical areas in the world.👉https://t.co/JjVZBXfgP6 pic.twitter.com/ER23sI8GfC— EU Humanitarian Aid 🇪🇺 (@eu_echo) May 8, 2020
The EU is launching a Humanitarian Air Bridge to transport aid workers and emergency supplies to some of the most critical areas in the world in the fight against #coronavirus. Today a first airplane will leave for the Central African Republic. 🇨🇫— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) May 8, 2020
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