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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today announced more than US$13 million in grants to help 10 developing members in the Pacific finance their responses to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The total financing of US$13.3 million comes from ADB’s Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund and comprises US$1 million for the Cook Islands; US$1.5 million for Kiribati; US$630,000 for the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI); US $1.03 million for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM); US$1 million for Palau; US$3 million for Papua New Guinea; US$1.5 million for Samoa; US$1.5 million for Solomon Islands; US$630,000 for Tuvalu; and US$1.5 million for Vanuatu.
“We are working closely with the Ministries of Health in these countries to help them address their immediate public health needs and meet the challenges brought by this pandemic,” said ADB Director General for the Pacific Leah Gutierrez. “Although most countries remain free of COVID-19 to date, substantial preparatory work is still needed, and we will ensure these grants are disbursed as quickly as possible.”
The Government of Japan provided additional financing of US$75 million to the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund to help developing member countries strengthen their capacity to contain the spread of COVID-19.
This is the latest round of emergency grants for the Pacific from ADB’s Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund. In April, ADB provided US$2 million from the fund to help FSM, RMI, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu respond to COVID-19.
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