India finds support to battle Covid-19

12 May 2020

The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has pledged $3.6 million to India in order to be able to continue fighting the coronavirus pandemic. 

"This initial tranche of funding will seek to further strengthen and support the India's efforts to increase laboratory capacity for SARS-COV-2 testing, including molecular diagnostic and serology,” the U.S. embassy said in a press release.

This will be done so to help India prevent and be prepared to contain the outbreak. 

The U.S. stated that $3 million worth of aid were given to the PAHAL project (Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity) at the end of last month. 

Additionally, another $5.9 million was handed over by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) so that the country would be able to look after its people and protect them in fighting the virus. 

The American government had pledged to give $3 million to the USAID for the PAHAL project. 

Over the past 20 years, the U.S. government, via USAID and department of health and human services agencies donated over $1.4 billion to protect the health of those in India. 

India also found help from France, who will pledge €200 million and World Bank which approved $1 billion to be given to as part of the  India Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project .