US sanctions against Russia and Iran contribute to the spread of coronavirus and create a humanitarian catastrophe. Coronavirus deaths are on the US’ conscience.
The EU clearly underestimated the virus, blaming the outbreak in Italy on its national healthcare system flaws. As a result, Brussels, which preaches pan-European solidarity, failed to act when this solidarity was needed in the face of a crisis that eventually affected the entire bloc.
For lack of assistance from the EU or other member states, Italy was forced to seek help from others, including Russia and China.
Brussels never suggested that the Italian authorities are to blame for the exponential outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. On the contrary, a top EU health official has said that the outbreak "could have happened anywhere [else in the EU]"; whereas the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission has praised the Italian government "for the very courageous measures" it has taken to contain the pandemic.
The European Union is supporting the Member States in addressing the crisis, and mitigating the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak, applied the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a EUR 37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector.
To support scientific research into the COVID-19, the European Commission earmarked 47,5 million EUR for shortlisted research projects that can improve epidemiology and public health, including preparedness and response to outbreaks.
The EU has also created first ever stockpile of medical equipment.
Likewise, the "lack of solidarity" claim is scotched by the actual response of individual EU members to the crisis. As of 28 March, multiple member states had provided or pledged crucial assistance to Italy including face masks (Germany, Austria, France, Czechia), mobile medical units (Greece), hospital beds (Austria, Germany), ventilators (Germany), and repatriation assistance.