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US offers USD 225 mln in aid of global response to coronavirus

WASHINGTON, April 7 (KUNA) -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday his country was prepared to commit additional USD 225 million in health, humanitarian and economic assistance to boost response efforts against novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
"That's on top of the roughly USD 274 million in funding we've already deployed to 64 countries across the globe," he said in a press briefing.
"The new funding that I announce today will be used to reduce transmission through virus diagnosis, prevention, and control, to bolster health systems, to prepare labs, to train healthcare workers, to increase awareness and -- much, much more.
"Our efforts to help these other countries to keep us safer here have already had an impact," Secretary Pompeo added. (end) rsr.gb