Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the lack of effective EU reaction to the epidemic and a narrative portraying the West as an incompetent actor, betraying its partners.
Coronavirus did challenge the EU's crisis response mechanisms, however, the European Commission is supporting the Member States in tackling the pandemic and in mitigating its economic consequences. 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's fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a €37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector. The EU also created the first-ever stockpile of medical equipment. Read more on the EU's response to the COVID-19 outbreak here.
There are numerous examples of solidarity among the EU and the individual Member States. For example, German hospitals have offered to treat critical coronavirus patients from France as well as taking in patients from Italy. On March 13th, the European Union proposed a Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, envisaging €835 million for Italy, which was approved on March 26th by the European Parliament. Furthermore, the European Central Bank announced a €750 billion ($820 billion) asset purchase programme in an effort to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
Also, in Washington, a senior administration official told AFP “the US government has not purchased any masks intended for delivery from China to France. Reports to the contrary are completely false.