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Millions of dollars: the US will provide assistance to countries of the former USSR to combat coronavirus

The United States leads global humanitarian and health efforts in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, despite an active fight against COVID-19 domestically, the Department of State says. "Voice of America".

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The US government has promised to allocate about $ 508 million in the form of health, humanitarian and economic assistance to countries around the world, according to a report from the State Department.

“This funding will support the most important activities to curb the spread of the disease, say, campaigns to timely inform the population, water supply and sanitation, prevention and control of infectious diseases in medical institutions,” the department notes.

A significant part of this amount is directed to the countries of the former USSR.

According to the report, Belarus will receive $ 1,3 million to prepare laboratories, support technical experts, improve the risk communication system and so on.

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This assistance will complement the long-term investments of the United States, which over the past 20 years have allocated more than $ 301 million to Belarus, including about $ 1,5 million for the development of the healthcare system, the State Department said.

Ukraine will receive $ 9,1 million for the preparation of laboratories and the support of health experts. The assistance is also aimed at preventing and controlling the spread of infection in medical institutions and improving water supply and sanitation in the most vulnerable areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, the State Department said. Over the past 20 years, the United States has allocated around $ 5 billion to Ukraine, including about $ 362 million for health care.

Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan will get $ 1,7 million each.

The countries of Central Asia will also receive their share of assistance.

Kazakhstan will be allocated more than $ 1,6 million. Over the past 20 years, the country has received over $ 2 billion from the United States, including 86 million for health care.

Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstan will be allocated about $ 900 to fight against coronavirus.

“Since 2009, US taxpayers have generously funded the provision of health care in the amount of more than $ 100 billion and humanitarian aid in the amount of about $ 70 billion,” the State Department recalls.

“Our country continues to take first place in the world in providing health care and humanitarian assistance both for long-term development and joint efforts with partners to build capacity and for urgent efforts in connection with crises,” the State Department said.

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