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Greece Chosen to Store Some EU COVID-19 Medical Supplies, Vaccines

ATHENS — Preparing for a potential second wave or return of COVID-19 with the pandemic still ongoing after six months, the European Union has picked Greece as a spot for one of the bloc's warehouses to store medical supplies and a vaccine if one if eventually found.

That would be in a warehouse not built yet, to be stocked with sanitary material to the serve the EU, set for a secret location in Attica, said Kathimerini, a plan to have a cache of critical goods after the pandemic caught countries offguard.

Since April, two warehouses have been built in Germany and Romania, while Greek Civil Protection executives and Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias are behind plans for the Greek storage area.

The Greek proposal was submitted to Brussels in June and and accepted, the paper said, designed to hold  millions of FFP2 and FFP3 masks, protective body suits, gloves and other items of personal protection.

The stocks will be stored in a 2,000-square meter (21,527.82 square feet)

facility with easy access to the Elefsina Air Base and Athens International Airport, narrowing down where it will be.

The Civil Protection authority has reached an agreement with suppliers so that, within 40 days of the signing of the final contract, they will have delivered 25% of the total agreed quantity.

The remaining 75% must be delivered within 90 days of the signing of the final contract. The financing of the project will be fully covered by EU funds, the report added.

The European Commission directed the plan to be ready for any return of COVID-19 or any other viral pandemic after it was unable to respond to the crisis  Following a proposal by Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarcic, the EU decided in April to set up permanent stockpiles of material to deal with health crises, although in several countries there have been scandals surrounding the purchase of supplies.

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