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According to a State Department press release, The United States government has facilitated the transportation of nearly 17.8 tons of donated medical supplies to the Chinese people, including such items as:
- and other vital materials.
The press release states, "Today, the United States government is announcing it is prepared to spend up to $100 million in existing funds to assist China and other impacted countries, both directly and through multilateral organizations, to contain and combat the novel coronavirus. This commitment – along with the hundreds of millions generously donated by the American private sector – demonstrates strong U.S. leadership in response to the outbreak.
This assistance only adds to what the United States has done to strengthen health security programs around the world. For the last twenty years, the United States through USAID has invested over one billion dollars to strengthen the capacity of more than 25 countries to prevent, detect, and respond to existing and emerging infectious disease threats. Since 2015, under our commitment to the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), this support has helped improve surveillance and laboratory systems, risk communication, outbreak response, and address the rising threat of anti-microbial resistance.
The United States is and will remain the world’s most generous donor. We encourage the rest of the world to match our commitment. Working together, we can have a profound impact to contain this growing threat."
It was reported today that over 30,000 have been infected with the virus with over 600 deaths. The rapid spread of the virus in China and other Asian countries threatens the rest of the world as containment will continue to become a greater challenge.
While doctors in America are attempting to calm the fears of its citizens, the mainstream media is unintentionally fueling the panic felt by those across the country. While we here at HDP feel this accurate reporting is necessary, we hope that a balance will be kept.
America has the right to know the truth about the spread and severity of t
his virus as well as any others.