UK Backs Up Palestinian Responses to COVID-19 Outreak

UK Backs Up Palestinian Responses to COVID-19 Outreak

A protester ties the Palestine flag to a lamppost opposite Downing Street on 5 September, 2019 (Reuters)

The UK on Wednesday announced two support packages to purchase medical supplies for health systems in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of endeavors seeking to rein in the coronavirus outbreak around the world.

According to WAFA News Agency, the contribution, worth $1m, is being used to purchase essential medical supplies for the treatment of critical care patients.  It is also supplying material to increase Palestinian COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity.  The procurement was by UNICEF and the WHO.

Speaking in Jerusalem Consul General, Philip Hall said: “Today’s announcement underlines the UK’s commitment to standing with the Palestinian people at this challenging time.”

“This contribution will support the Palestinian Authority and UN’s strong response to the crisis.  The new equipment will help keep doctors, nurses and other frontline workers safe as they work to save lives,” he added.

Last month, the UK announced the allocation of $100,000 to support the WHO to accelerate its initial response to coronavirus on the OPTs to ensure early detection and case management of suspected COVID-19 cases.

The UK Government has now pledged $670m of UK aid to fight the global spread of the virus, including through research and development of vaccines, treatments and tests; supporting health systems in developing countries; and helping lessen the economic impact on the poorest nations.

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