The United States gave $20.6 million in COVID-19 assistance to Afghanistan, according to a U.S. State Department document.
“The United States will continue to strongly support the health care sector and provide COVID-19 relief,” said Ross Wilson, the country’s Chargé d’Affaires in Kabul, talking about the more than $1.2 billion which had been given by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in global aid for emergency health, humanitarian, economic and development assistance for COVID-19 response.
The aid given to Afghanistan includes more than $7.1 million for health and USAID’s International Disaster Assistance to support the detection and treatment of COVID-19, as well as protection and health support, for internally-displace people.
Nearly $3.1 million in Migration and Refugee Assistance was allocated for Afghan returnees.
In addition, the U.S. also redirected $10 million in existing resources to support the UN Emergency Response Plan for COVID-19 in Afghanistan which would conduct disease-surveillance, improve testing laboratories, manage new cases, prevent and control infections in health facilities, engage with local communities, and provide technical assistance to the government.
An additional $500,000 were given to procure COVID-19 prevention and control supplies for correctional facilities.