US announces $6 million for Pakistan to strengthen anti-coronavirus efforts

06:42 PM | 24 May, 2020
US announces $6 million for Pakistan to strengthen anti-coronavirus efforts

Islamabad: US Ambassador to Pakistan Paul Jones has announced a new American contribution of $6 million to strengthen Pakistan’s response against coronavirus that has killed over 1,000 across the country.

The funds will be used for “expanding training for healthcare workers who take care of patients in hospitals with severe cases of coronavirus; preventing the spread of coronavirus in healthcare facilities; and providing a fourth mobile lab to test and treat Pakistanis living in virus hotspots,” the US embassy said in a statement.

The U.S. government has now committed a total of $21 million since it declared Pakistan a priority country for coronavirus response.

In the same message, the Ambassador also thanked Pakistan for its recent delivery of medical supplies to the United States as a gesture of friendship and partnership between our countries.

In a video message released today on U.S. Mission Pakistan’s social media platforms, Jones wished Eid Mubarak to all Pakistanis celebrating the holiday. 

“I would like to congratulate Pakistanis on the completion of Ramazan – on behalf of all of us at the U.S. Mission to Pakistan.  We admire those who fasted and helped others during Ramazan, while looking forward to the joyous celebration of Eid,” said U.S. Ambassador Paul W. Jones.