COVID-19: US pledges $2.3m for Pacific virus fight

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama visited fever clinics in the Central Division. Picture: Fijian Government/FB Page

The United States government has committed $2.3 million to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region, including Fiji.

The US government, through USAID, is co-ordinating with the governments of 12 Pacific Island countries and other stakeholders to identify priority areas for investment.

US ambassador Joseph Cella said they partnered with Pacific Island nations to bolster their abilities to lead their countries to stable, prosperous futures.

“As Pacific neighbours, allies and partners, the US government is operating transparently and remains committed to stand by the people of the Pacific region in these challenging times,” Mr Cella said.

According to the US Embassy in Suva, the assistance will enable USAID to help governments prepare laboratory systems, implement infection prevention and control measures, strengthen port of entry screening, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, support rapid response and preparedness and more.

The US government has also called on other donors to contribute to the global effort to combat COVID-19 as it is an infectious disease that poses great threats.

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