LONDON, Next week, the World Bank plans to provide $195.84 million to 64 of the world’s poorest countries that have reported cases of Cofed-19 to help them tackle the rapidly spreading disease.
The World Bank said in a statement on Monday that the funding packages would range from $1 million to $15 million per country. Priority will be given to states classified as fragile or conflict-ridden.
The funds would help states fund essential and vital life-saving medical equipment, personal protection equipment, treatments and medicines, as well as to support health workers on the front lines of the crisis, he said.
The funds will be added to the World Bank’s pledge of $160 billion to fight Coved-19.
The funds will come from the World Bank’s emergency funding programme for epidemics, launched after the 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, which killed at least 11,300 people, to provide quick funding to poor countries affected by the disease.
The emergency funding program for epidemics is designed to cover six viruses that are most likely to cause a pandemic.
Source: Yemen News Agency