The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced $3.6 million to assist the Indian government's fight against COVID-19. The fund aims to support prevention, preparedness, and response activities in India.
The funds will also be used to support the development of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) centres of excellence that can improve the ability of hospital networks to detect COVID-19 and strengthen local health systems through enhanced surveillance and monitoring systems, a US Embassy statement said.
The coronavirus cases in US have surpassed 1 million while the fatalities have crossed 80,000.While in India, coronavirus cases reached 70,756.
The initial tranche of funding aims to further strengthen and support the efforts taken by the Indian government to increase laboratory capacity for SARS-COV-2 testing, including molecular diagnostics and serology. The CDC India program will provide technical assistance for the government of India's ongoing crisis emergency and risk communication efforts.