Latvia and NATO donate disinfectant to help Ukraine cope with the spread of Covid-19
On 17 February, National Armed Forces started delivering disinfectant procured by National Defence Logistics and Procurement Centre to Ukraine in scope of national NATO Pandemic Response Trust Fund programme approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia to help curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘By donating disinfectant produced in Latvia through NATO Trust Fund we are extending our helping hand to Ukraine and its fight against Covid-19, and we also want to show our continued support for Ukraine’s struggle for sovereignty and Euro-integration aspirations,’ stressed Defence Minister Artis Pabriks.
The donation was coordinated by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and the Republic of Latvia to respond to Ukraine’s request for international assistance. The disinfectant donated by Latvia will be distributed to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.
Latvia is donating Ukraine over 9,000 litres of surface disinfectant produced by AS "Spodrība", which was purchased by National Defence Logistics and Procurement Centre and financed from emergency budget appropriation.
Latvia will donate 15,415 litres of disinfectant worth 49,987,76 euro in total through NATO Trust Fund. The second batch of around 6000 litres of surface disinfectant will be delivered to North Macedonia very soon. Storage of procured disinfectant in Latvia is coordinated by National Defence Logistics and Procurement Centre.
Latvia’s contribution to NATO Trust Fund is based on Cabinet of Ministers Decision 782 ‘Supply of disinfectant to NATO Trust Fund for Covid-19’ of 21 December 2020, which provides that Latvia contributes to the supply of personal protective equipment, medical devices and disinfectants of NATO’s Pandemic Response Stockpile. Latvia has donated the procured disinfectant to NATO Trust Fund in line with Cabinet of Ministers Decision 84 ‘In-kind contribution of disinfectant’ of 12 February 2021.
NATO Pandemic Response Trust Fund manages a stockpile of medical equipment and supplies from in-kind donations or targeted purchases to provide immediate relief to Allies or partners in need.