US invests in oxygen as part of $345m global fight against Covid-19


As Covid-19 ‘hotspots’ continue to surge, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that it will invest $345m in various schemes to ensure that affected areas receive potentially life-saving support including $50m to expand access to essential oxygen supplies.

The support will also take the form of vaccine assistance and prioritising ‘rapid response interventions’ in developing countries, which have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

Announced at President Biden’s ’Global Covid-19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better’, the funds are part of a more-than $9.8bn effort by USAID and the US Department of State to accelerate the fight against Covid-19.

The announcement comes after significant contributions by USAID to aid Ghana in its pandemic response, which has comprised of four oxygen plants, each with the capacity to produce 250 litres of oxygen per minute, and 28 high-flow, high-pressure oxygen concentrators.

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