The coronavirus pandemic is swiftly taking over the world. It spreading to every corner of the world and taking hundreds, if not thousands, of lives everywhere. The quick spread of this virus and the lack of a vaccine for the virus has made countries understand that until we put forward a united front, the virus will continue to win.
In an attempt to aid vulnerable countries in their fight with the virus, the United States of America has announced financial assistance of over $150 million.
WHAT DID USA ANNOUNCE?
As part of its response to the virus, the American government has announced financial assistance worth $174 million to 64 countries which are the most vulnerable during the pandemic. These include Sri Lanka ($1.3 million), Nepal ($1.8 million), Bangladesh ($3.4 million), and Afghanistan ($5 million).
India will also receive a funding of $2.9 million to help fight the virus. These funds are supposed to be utilized for constructing laboratory systems, activate case finding and event-based surveillance, and support technical experts for response and preparedness, and more.
Speaking about the USA’s role as global health leadership, Bonnie Glick said –
“For decades, the United States has been the world’s largest provider of bilateral assistance in public health. The U.S. has saved lives, protected people who are most vulnerable to disease, built health institutions, and promoted the stability of communities and nations.”
Glick is the Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL STATUS OF CORONAVIRUS?
The virus has now infected more than 750,000 people all across the globe. The death toll has crossed 35,000.
America has now reported more than 150,000 cases of the virus, the highest in the world.
The highest death toll from the virus is Italy’s, which currently stands at 11,591.