Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced more than $270 million in additional foreign assistance being provided in humanitarian aid and government assistance from the US to countries that need help responding to the Covid-19 outbreak.
This is part of the emergency supplemental funding provided by Congress for the pandemic – which totals $2.4 billion.
None of the money is currently scheduled to go to the World Health Organization, given the hold on funding while the administration carries out its review.
“This pandemic can’t wait for the review,” Jim Richardson, the director of US Foreign Assistance Resources at the State Department, told reporters today.
The acting administrator of United States Agency for International Development, John Barsa, explained that even before the WHO hold, there was already an effort underway at USAID to expand new partnerships and that effort is ongoing as they identify new partners to work with amid the Covid-19 outbreak.