THE UNITED STATES Government is providing Trinidad and Tobago with US$ 475,000 (or TT$3.2 million) in funding to help in the fight against Covid-19.
In a release on Friday, the US Ambassador Joseph Mondello said the US will be providing a total of US$3 million to assist the Caribbean.
He also noted that between 2010 to 2019, the US gave more than US$8 million for institutional strengthening of Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the improvement of regional integration.
The release stated:
“I am proud of the role past US assistance is already playing in regional and national responses to the crisis. From 2010 to 2019, the United States provided US$8,508,841 for the institutional strengthening of CARPHA and improving regional integration, and the result of that assistance is a stronger response to Covid-19 than might have been possible otherwise. CARPHA’s diagnostic laboratory has been particularly instrumental in providing testing for 13 Caribbean countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, during the Covid-19 pandemic, and U.S. assistance supported its international accreditation in 2018.
“Then-Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan met in April 2019 with officials from Trinidad and Tobago and 17 other Caribbean countries in Miami to launch the US-Caribbean Resilience Partnership to build regional capacity to confront disaster response and promote resilience. Little did we know what the future would hold – that is the nature of emergencies – but we knew coordination and preparation was important, and that work is already paying dividends as we respond together to Covid-19.