The European Union is closing its borders in COVID-19 measures
The European Commission proposed a series of guidelines for EU nations.
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Merkel added the EU is working to ensure wait times at national borders are not too long, so as to assure the movement of goods around the continent. Medical goods and equipment will continue flowing, Merkel said.
"Our priority now is to bend the trend of infection, to give our health systems and workers the time and space to care for those that need it," she said. "Our first priority is guaranteeing the health and safety of all our citizens: protecting people from the spread of the virus while maintaining the flow of goods."
The commission has additionally formed a team of "scientific experts composed of epidemiologists and virologists" from across Europe to coordinate medical response to COVID-19. It's also providing up to €80 million to European research company CureVac for vaccination development and production, and von der Leyen suggested setting up a €37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to help small businesses and the health care sector through the crisis.