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US announces $11.4m more in corona aid

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 10 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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The United States has announced an additional $11.4 million in urgent Covid-19 assistance for Bangladesh.

The assistance, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will help Bangladesh battle the current wave of coronavirus by providing life-saving medical and oxygen supplies, and accelerating national efforts to roll out an effective vaccination campaign. 

The additional support will also help Bangladesh strengthen prevention efforts to reduce virus transmission in the community and enhance the quality of treatment and care for the growing numbers of patients across the country, said the US Embassy in Dhaka on Monday. 

“This additional donation through the historic American Rescue Plan is part of our ongoing support to help Bangladesh fight Covid-19. The United States is the largest donour country to assist in Bangladesh’s corona response,” said US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller. 

 “America has been Bangladesh’s closest partner for the past five decades working to improve public health.  At this particularly challenging moment in the battle against the pandemic, our partnership is more important than ever.”

With this new funding, the US government has provided a total of over $96 million to support Bangladesh’s response to Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to work closely with the government and other partners to protect the health of Bangladeshis. Total US Covid-19 assistance includes the donation of 5.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine and capacity-building support towards the rollout of the national vaccination campaign. 

The United States has also already committed $2 billion to support the worldwide COVAX vaccination effort, with a pledge of an additional $2 billion, making the United States the world’s largest donour for equitable global Covid-19 vaccine access.

Through USAID, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of State, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States has also provided medical supplies, ventilators, oxygen equipment, pulse oximeters, and millions of pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers across Bangladesh.