ADB injects more funds to contain Covid-19 in Asia and Pacific nations

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved an additional funding of US$2 million (RM8.4mil) to help developing countries in Asia and the Pacific contain the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and improve resilience to this and other communicable diseases.

The funds will be available for all ADB developing member countries in updating and implementing their epidemic response plans, including buying emergency supplies and equipment; assessing health system and economic impacts to improve future resilience; and coordinating better regionally to prevent, detect, and respond to animal and human disease outbreaks.

The work will be conducted in close collaboration with the World Health Organisation.“The severity of the Covid-19 outbreak is escalating, and past disease outbreaks have had large impacts on social and economic development, ” said ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Bambang Susantono.

“ADB’s funding will help countries catalyse efforts to mitigate further damage to the health of families and economies and position them to better respond to the current and future outbreaks.”

Earlier in February, ADB provided $2 million in funds to strengthen the immediate response capacity in Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Over the longer term, this can be scaled up to focus on supporting pandemic preparedness and building resilience.

ADB also provided a private sector loan of up to 130 million yuan ($18.6 million) to Jointown Pharmaceutical Group Co Ltd, based in Wuhan city of Hubei province in China, to enhance the distribution and supply of essential medicines and protective equipment.

Past epidemics have shown that impacts can rapidly extend to all areas of a country’s economy, triggering fiscal shocks with long-term negative consequences that threaten stability and economic growth.

Countries and businesses that rely on tourism are particularly vulnerable. Trade and supply chains also suffer. - The Nation/Asia News Network

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 0
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

ADB , Covid , funds


Next In Regional

Top Korean actor Yoo Ah-in under investigation for alleged illegal use of propofol drug
Kremlin dismisses claims Putin was involved in MH17 downing
Hussein Omar Khan to be new Selangor police chief
Thailand rolls out the red carpet for PM Anwar
Selangor polls could go either way, say analysts
Apex court denies JJ's children leave to appeal over RM1bil in shares
Man gets six years jail for committing unnatural sex on step-sister
Indonesia, Malaysia to send palm oil envoys to EU over deforestation law
1MDB trial: Jho Low was 'boss', Najib was the 'big boss', witness tells court
In a first for India, transgender couple become biological parents

Others Also Read