Taking it’s ‘big brother’ image in the world forward U.S. announced a $174-million (around ₹1,300-crore) financial assistance. The assistance would be provided to 64 nations including India to fight COVID-19. This comes after the $100 million aid announced by the US in February.
The assistance is a part of the larger American global response package for 64 of the most at-risk countries facing the threat of the global pandemic. The package also includes assistance for multiple departments and agencies of the U.S including the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
India would get $2.9 million (around ₹21.7 crores) out of the fund. The fund would be utilized in India to prepare laboratory systems, activate case finding and event-based surveillance, and support technical experts for response and preparedness. “This builds upon the foundation of more than $1.4 billion in health assistance out of the more than $2.8 billion in US assistance for India over the last 20 years,” said the US State Department.
The U.S. is also redirecting more than $1 million in existing funding for the training of healthcare providers and other urgent needs. The nation is providing $1.3 million to Sri Lanka, $1.8 million to Nepal, $3.4 million to Bangladesh and $5 million to Afghanistan to help them fight the pandemic. The U.S. has recorded the highest number of cases with over 1 lakh being reported.