On Friday, the United States of America announced a financial assistance package of USD 174 million to 64 countries, including a sum of $2.9 million to India. This sum is directed to help the countries fight the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
The US earmarks 64 worst-hit countries
As per the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the assistance has been guided towards 64 countries that are striving hard to cope with the pandemic.
While India is on the list, the US has also provided $1.3 million to Sri Lanka, $3.4 million to Bangladesh, $1.8 million to Nepal, and $5 million to Afghanisthan to get through this tough period.
The US had earlier announced a $100 million aid in February
The latest assistance is a follow-up to the $100 million aid already announced by the powerful country in February. However, the newly-announced package is aimed at multiple departments and agencies, including the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The US’s idea of investment for India
The country said it is providing $2.9 million to India, to help the Indian government set up labs and use surveillant based technologies for the quick response and active preparedness in the battle against COVID-19 outbreak.
The US State Department also mentioned that the latest package is a foundation for the countries health assistance of USD 2.8 billion to India in the last twenty years. With this move, the United States has built on its reputation of being a leader in the global health sector.