The aim is to ensure a sterile environment in hospitals without exposing staff to unnecessary risk. Since this is a physical process rather than one using a chemical disinfectant, it is safer for the hospital staff as they do not need to handle, transport or store toxic, hazardous or corrosive chemicals anymore. Cleaning staff operate the robot remotely via a mobile application and the operation is started from outside the room to be disinfected, so no healthcare worker is present during the process. Supplied by the Danish company UVD Robots, which won an emergency procurement tender, the devices are part of the Commission's effort to provide useful and necessary equipment to Member States in aid of tackling the pandemic. In total, €12 million are available from the Emergency Support Instrument to purchase 200 robots.
Coronavirus: Commission to provide 200 disinfection robots to European hospitals (press release 23 November 2020)