The US has announced a further USD 41 million assistance to India for COVID pandemic and strengthen the country’s preparedness for the longer term health emergencies, taking the entire aid to quite USD 200 million.
In April and should , India struggled with the second wave of the COVID pandemic with quite 3,00,000 daily new cases. Hospitals were reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.
The US Agency for International Development said, “India came to help the US during this country’s time of need, and now the US stands with the people of India as they still battle the COVID pandemic.”
USAID announced a further USD 41 million in support to assist India answer the COVID pandemic and strengthen the country’s preparedness for COVID and future health emergencies.
USAID’s assistance will support access to COVID testing, pandemic-related psychological state services, timely referrals to medical services, and access to health care in remote areas, the agency of the US federal primarily liable for administering civilian aid and development assistance said.
Through this extra funding, USAID will still partner with India to strengthen health care supply chains and electronic health information systems, support its vaccination efforts, and mobilise and coordinate private sector relief, it said.
USAID has contributed quite USD 200 million for India’s COVID relief and response efforts since the pandemic began, including quite USD 50 million in emergency supplies and training for quite 2,14,000 frontline doctors on infection prevention and control, benefitting quite 42 million Indians, consistent with a media release.