France provides fund for five South-East Asian countries to fight Covid-19

PHNOM PENH: The French Development Agency (AFD) has provided a grant aid of 2 million euros (US$2.19mil) to the Pasteur Institutes in Cambodia and four other South-East Asian countries to help fight the Covid-19 (coronavirus), according to a joint press statement.

The grant aid aimed at strengthening the surveillance, diagnosis and response systems of the five South-East Asian countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam) to epidemics, said the statement, which was released on Friday.

Laboratories will benefit from direct support in the response phase to the virus epidemic on the aspects of equipment reinforcement, purchase of diagnostic kits, acquisition of protection for personnel, reinforcement of human resources, and training and skills transfer, among others, the statement said.

The Pasteur Institute of Cambodia, the designated Covid-19 reference laboratory for Cambodia, will benefit from this support, it added. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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