The United States has pledged to provide Armenia with more than $1 million in aid designed to combat the coronavirus epidemic.
The funding will be part of a $274 million emergency aid package announced by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late last week. Pompeo said it will help “64 of the world’s most at-risk countries” to better deal with the spread of coronavirus.
The assistance will be provided through international aid agencies, notably the World Health Organization.
“We are pleased that $1.1 million has been authorized for Armenia,” the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan announced at the weekend.
The embassy told RFE/RL’s Armenian service afterwards that the assistance has already been transferred to relevant international organizations. It is aimed at strengthening Armenian health authorities’ capacity monitor infections and detect the virus.
The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), a Washington-based lobby group, welcomed the allocation. In a statement, ANCA Chairman Raffi Hamparian reiterated at the same time that some of the annual U.S. aid to Armenia allocated by Congress should also be channeled into the fight against coronavirus.
Armenia has already received limited amounts of coronavirus-related medical supplies from several other countries, including China. The Chinese aid reported by the Armenian government has included coronavirus test kits, protective medical uniforms and ventilators.