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US TO ASSIST COVID-19 RESPONSE IN PACIFIC WITH $3.3 MILLION

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US TO ASSIST COVID-19 RESPONSE IN PACIFIC WITH $3.3 MILLION

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By WANPIS AKO

The US Government is assisting Pacific nations with $3.3 million (K11.93 million) in their Covid-19 response.

Consequently, it today joined other foreign donors and partners with the timely gesture.

Therefore, they all have have reached out and stood in solidarity in its Covid-19 response.

Additionally, the World Bank Group is providing financial assistance of K69.67 million (US$20 million) to PNG’s Covid-19 response as well.

“Today, I am honored to announce a U.S. government commitment of nearly 4.2 million PGK (USD 1.2 million). It will be split evenly between the WHO and UNICEF to help Papua New Guinea in its COVID-19 response.”

US Ambassador to PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Erin McKee made its significant announcement today on their Facebook page.

“The U.S. government commits nearly 4.2 million PGK ($1.2 million) to help Papua New Guinea in its COVID-19 response.”

“The assistance will help the Government of Papua New Guinea prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance.”

“It will also cover support rapid response and preparedness efforts, develop risk communication campaigns, and implement infection prevention and control measures.”

“In addition, the U.S. government has committed $2.3 million to mitigate the spread of the #COVID19 pandemic in the Pacific Islands region.”

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