NATO fears a second wave of coronavirus infection in the fall of 2020, thus preparing the action plan with the aim of having the ability to provide more effective support to affected countries-partners. About it on may 2, wrote the newspaper Der Spiegel.
The action plan will be prepared under the guidance of the chief of the armed forces of NATO in Europe, General Todd Walters.
Diplomats of the Alliance believe that the transatlantic Alliance must be better equipped in case of an epidemic. The pandemic threat is still paid too little attention. Therefore, along with the action plan in the event of a second wave of coronavirus in the autumn should also occur separate long-term plan called “action Plan in response to the pandemic,” the newspaper writes.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg insists on the speedy promotion of the action plan. At a secret meeting, he stated that a more coordinated response to a second wave of coronavirus will be a litmus test for trust and cohesion within the Alliance, notes Der Spiegel.
The head of NATO is disappointed that the Alliance was not prepared for a pandemic: was the sick among the military of the Bundeswehr, it was not possible to provide the necessary technical assistance.
An outbreak of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 began in December of 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus, the world has infected more than 3.5 million people, more than 247,4 thousand of them died, and 1.1 million recovered.