The United States has allocated US$15.5 million for Ukraine to counter the novel coronavirus.

"Ukraine: $15.5 million in total assistance includes $13.1 million in health and IDA humanitarian assistance that will improve the ability of local health care institutions to care for the sick and combat further spread of COVID-19 while increasing public communication to lower contagion risk," the U.S. Department of State said in an update on May 19.

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These funds will also mitigate secondary impacts such as loss of livelihoods and public services to vulnerable populations, including conflict-affected communities in eastern Ukraine, it said.

"It also includes $2.4 million in MRA [Migration and Refugee Assistance] humanitarian assistance to support vulnerable populations during the pandemic," it said.

Over the past 20 years, the U.S. invested nearly $5 billion in total assistance to Ukraine, including nearly $362 million for health.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the European Parliament on May 15 backed the European Commission's proposal that EUR 1.2 billion be lent to Ukraine as macro-financial assistance (MFA) to overcome the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.