Hungary’s officials confirmed Hungary would receive the first 50 COVID-19 patients from Romania. This is only a part of the help the neighboring country promised Romania in its fight against the pandemic, as more patients would be sent to Hungary in the future.
The situation in Romania is compared to Lombardy’s in 2020 by the very Romanian authorities responsible for vaccinating the population. It is a critical situation, with more than 15-16,000 cases a day and the ICUs are overwhelmed. Moreover, there is no available bed in the emergency care units.
Hungary is not the first, probably nor the last country to help Romania. Italy sent 5,200 doses of monoclonal antibodies to Romania, while Poland and the Netherlands sent together 250 oxygen concentrators.
These are examples of European solidarity under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, examples of how the Union should work in circumstances like these.