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The Financial Express

US allocated $12b for global Covid-19 response so far

| Updated: June 22, 2020 17:23:53


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The US government has so far allocated more than $12 billion that will benefit the global Covid-19 response, said a press release.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the US government has announced more than $1.2 billion in State Department and US Agency for International Development (USAID) emergency health, humanitarian, economic, and development assistance specifically aimed at helping governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) fight the pandemic.

This funding, provided by Congress, will save lives by improving public health education, protecting healthcare facilities, and increasing laboratory, disease-surveillance, and rapid-response capacity in more than 120 countries.

The United State’s more than $43.4 million assistance to Bangladesh includes $21.4 million for health and IDA humanitarian assistance to help with case-management, surveillance activities, the prevention and control of infections in health facilities, risk- communications, water, sanitation, hygiene, and emergency food assistance.

In addition, more than $22 million for Bangladesh in MRA humanitarian support will support vulnerable people during the pandemic, including refugees and host communities. This builds upon nearly $4 billion in total US assistance over the past 20 years, which included more than $1 billion for health.

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