‘Things under control’: how Europe sleepwalked into the coronavirus crisis | Reuters


Barely a month before Europe embarked on a scramble for masks, ventilators and testing kits to fight coronavirus, governments told Brussels their healthcare systems were ready and there was no need to order more stocks, EU documents show.

This rosy assessment is in stark contrast to the shortages of masks and medical equipment just a few weeks later, when the European Commission estimated needs across EU states to be 10 times higher than would usually be available.

Source: Exclusive – ‘Things under control’: how Europe sleepwalked into the coronavirus crisis – Reuters

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