U.S. allocates US$15.5 mln for Ukraine to counter coronavirus
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.
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.