European Commission: Chinese direct aid to EU delivered to Italy

A Chinese plane carrying direct aid from China to the European Union (EU) has arrived in Italy, the bloc's executive arm said on Monday.

The European Commission said at a press release that the Chinese plane delivered two million surgical masks, 200,000 N95 masks and 50,000 test kits to Italy.

Following the direct donation from China to the EU, the bloc's Emergency Response Coordination Center coordinated the distribution to Italy.

The second batch of Chinese COVID-19 experts in Italy. /courtesy of the team

The second batch of Chinese COVID-19 experts in Italy. /courtesy of the team

"We are grateful for China's support and, as (European Commission) President (Ursula) von der Leyen stated, we need each other's support in times of need," said Janez Lenarcic, commissioner for Crisis Management, in the press release.

"The EU and China have been working together since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. In February, the EU already delivered 56 tons of equipment to China," Lenarcic added.

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