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The European Union Commission has announced they are starting a stockpiling operation that will help boost their defenses against a chemical, biological, or nuclear incident amid global instability and rising concerns over the war in Ukraine.

The European Union will begin to increase its reserves of protective equipment, decontamination gear, vaccines, and medicines that could be needed in the event of a chemical, biological, or nuclear attack.

In a statement, the European Union crisis management commissioner Janez Lenarcic said “we are taking concrete measures to increase Europe’s preparedness in the face of potential threats.” The news comes as the European Union has already shared some of its existing reserves with Ukraine. According to the commission, almost 3 million iodide tablets have been given to Ukraine from the European Union civil protection mechanism.

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