Covid-19: US government sends SA additional R250 million in aid

Covid-19: US government sends SA additional R250 million in aid

- The United States may have cut off funding to the World Health Organization, but SA still received a helping hand

- The American government has donated a staggering R250 million to support Mzansi in the fight against the coronavirus

- This pushed the total amount in donations sent to SA up to R410 million

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The United States government has donated R250 million in a bid to help South Africa fight the coronavirus.

The US embassy in South Africa has confirmed this brings the total donations made by the US up to R410 million, over $21.5 million.

US ambassador Lana Marks commented that the financial aid had initially been donated to pay for surveillance, lab support, infection prevention and control, emergency operation centres and other vital resources to help improve SA's response to the virus.

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Marks commented that the United States was honoured to partner with South Africa in the face of the pandemic:

“It is an honour for the United States to partner in SA’s campaign to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, just as we have stood side-by-side with South Africa for 17 years in the campaign to control the HIV/Aids epidemic.”

The latest funding announcement, according to Marks, was built on decades of the US government's leadership as the 'world's most generous provider' when it comes to aiding global health.

The ambassador noted that over the course of the past decade, US taxpayers had generously provided over R3.2 trillion in health and humanitarian assistance.

Marks revealed that through the President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, the United States has invested over R80 billion over a lengthy 17-year partnership.

Briefly.co.za reported that the US, the leading funder of the World Health Organisation, had pulled their funding during this critical time.

President Donald Trump explained that the nation would probe the initial response to the coronavirus before funding would resume.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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