The Commission is allocating €5.5 million in humanitarian funding to help strengthen the COVID-19 response in Lebanon. The funding comes as Lebanon faces high infection rates, with the national health system close to collapse as well as low vaccination rates.
Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said: “The tragic blast in Beirut on 4 August 2020 sadly changed the lives of many Lebanese for ever. The tragedy should serve as an opportunity for Lebanon to re-emerge stronger. The Lebanese authorities need to form a government and deliver to its people. The EU continues to stand with the Lebanese people offering its support in the most dire moments, in particular now that the world is fighting a pandemic. The funding announced today will support Lebanon to fight the COVID-19.”
Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management said: “In Lebanon, more than 3 million people are in need of assistance due to the COVID-19 crisis. The virus is rapidly spreading while there is very