U.S. Provides Over $37 Million to Ethiopia for COVID-19 Response

ADDIS ABEBA – Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the United States Government says today it has committed over $37 million to Ethiopia to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Through this assistance, the United States embassy in Addis Ababa says it is supporting a range of activities while working with government and non-governmental offices in a bid to curb the virus.

The latest commitment has supported case management system; infection prevention and control in health-care facilities and lab systems for large-scale testing for COVID-19.

The US has also backed public health screening to help Ethiopia implement emergency plans to screen people arriving at various points of entry, including Bole International Airport, among other activities.

“As we have done time and time again, the United States will continue to support others during their time of greatest need,” said Michael A. Raynor. US ambassador to Ethiopia.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is no different,” he said, “And both during and after this crisis, we will remain steadfastly alongside our Ethiopian friends and partners to help build a brighter future for all Ethiopians.”

The embassy’s statement, however, does not mention when and how the support has been provided to the government and its development partners.

Over the past 20 years, the United States’ long-term investments in Ethiopia amount to more than $13 billion in total assistance, the embassy’s statement claims.

Image: U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael Raynor [Photo File]

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