US government donates extra R250m to SA to fight COVID-19

Lana Marks
NOVEMBER 13, 2019. U.S. Ambassador-designate to South Africa, Lana Marks hosts a press briefing, at the US Embassy in Sandton, Johannesburg. Marks speaks to the media about her priorities as she begins her tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa. This is the first time Ambassador-designate addresses the media. PHOTOGRAPH: ALON SKUY

It will help with border health and vaccine preparedness among other things

The government of the United States of America have donated South Africa with yet another amount of R250,000,000 to help fight the novel coronavirus, the US ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks outlined on Wednesday.

“The United States government through the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committing funds to support South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic with a new trance of global health funding of $13,200,000 (R250,000,000),” she said.

The funding brings the total United States government commitment to the COVID- response in South Africa to over $21.5 million (R410 million).

Marks says resources will be used for surveillance and lab support for the Government of South Africa and other partners; Expanding CDC Operations; support for the infection prevention and control; Emergency operations centres; Border health and vaccine preparedness; and special studies related to COVID-19 in South Africa to both improve the response in country and to inform best practices around the globe.

“It is an honour for the United States to partner in SA’s campaign to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, just as we have stood side-by-side with South Africa for 17 years in the campaign to control the HIV/Aids epidemic,” she added

Marks says since 2009, US taxpayers had generously contributed globally more than $170bn (R3.2-trillion) in health and humanitarian assistance.