Friday, February 7, 2020

Coronavirus: US offers $100m to China, others

The United States today offered up to $100 million to China and other impacted countries to combat the fast-spreading coronavirus.

“This commitment along with the hundreds of millions generously donated by the American private sector demonstrates strong US leadership in response to the outbreak,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

“We encourage the rest of the world to match our commitment. Working together, we can have a profound impact to contain this growing threat,” he said.


Pompeo, who has frequently criticized China on issues from human rights to its overseas infrastructure spending, said the United States would provide the assistance either directly or through multilateral organizations.

He said the spending would come out of unspecified funds that have already been allocated within the US government.

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