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Statement by Prime Minister Mario Draghi on the Italian medical support mission to India

29 April 2021

“I wish to express my solidarity with the people of India for the suffering caused by the new wave of the pandemic. Italy will be sure to provide its support at this time of distress. Through our Civil Protection Department, we are ready to send an oxygen production system, made available by the Piedmont Region, which can be used to supply a traditional hospital or a field hospital. We will also be sending a team of specialised personnel to ensure this equipment is duly operational”.

Once accepted by the EU Mechanism of Civil Protection, the mission can start under the coordination of the EU, in cooperation with the National Civil Protection, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Defence – Operational Interforce Command (COI) and the Special Commissioner for the Covid-19 Pandemic.