US places Pakistan on ‘high-priority list’ of countries that will receive assistance’ to deal with COVID-19 crisis

The US has set up a $274 million fund for the relief of the international community amid coronavirus outbreak.

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A view of the North Portico of the White House, Wednesday June 14, 2017 in Washington D.C. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

 

 

The United States has placed Pakistan on the list of high-priority countries that would receive assistance to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A senior US official said this while briefing journalists in Washington.

The US has set up a $274 million fund for the relief of the international community amid coronavirus outbreak. Along with Pakistan, the deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development Bonnie Glick said Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Burma and Uzbekistan are also on the high priority list.

” $1 million in health funding will help Pakistan strengthen monitoring and better prepare communities to identify potential outbreaks. To bolster its national COVID-19 action plan, the United States has also redirected more than $1 million in existing funding for the training of healthcare providers and other urgent needs”, the US state government site read.

”Long-term investment in Pakistan includes more than $1.1 billion in health alone and more than $18.4 billion in total assistance over the past 20 years”.

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