U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the allocation of additional funds for the fight against coronavirus around the world.
“Thanks to the incomparable generosity of the American people and the efforts of the U.S. government, the United States continues to play a leading role in the global public health and humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Pompeo said. – We reinforce that leadership with an additional $225 million in medical, humanitarian and economic assistance to further galvanize the global response.
“This amount will be in addition to the nearly $274 million in aid already provided by the U.S. government to combat COVID-19,” the secretary of state added, recalling that in the past 20 years alone, the U.S. has allocated more than $140 billion to health care. “The United States is the undisputed leader in health and humanitarian assistance around the world,” Pompeo said.
According to the secretary of state, the assistance focuses on curbing the spread of the virus through diagnosis, prevention and control in health facilities, training and capacity building of health systems, improving laboratories, training medical staff, and more. All of this is designed to help “minimize further impact on American citizens abroad and protect Americans inside the country from further spreading the virus across borders,” Pompeo explained.
“Pandemics do not respect national borders. Having played a leading role in health care and humanitarian efforts for decades, we know that wise and strategic investments are critical to protecting our homeland. As history shows, we are able to fight pandemics at home and help other countries curb the spread of disease abroad,” said Pompeo.
“And most importantly, the United States can provide meaningful assistance to our foreign partners without taking important resources away from the American people. All important medical supplies will remain in the United States until domestic demand is satisfied,” the Secretary of State stressed.
Pompeo noted that numerous government institutions in the USA – not only the State Department, but also the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the Ministry of Health and Social Security, the Financial Corporation for International Development and other agencies – cooperate with each other, with partners from the G7 and other international institutions, prioritizing the program and the countries that need assistance most.
“The Americans provide assistance not only through public funds,” the Secretary of State added. – Together, American citizens have donated more than $1.5 billion to residents of countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through private businesses, non-profit and religious organizations. And I am confident we will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead while remaining the world’s leading humanists.