US’ CDC commits USD 3.6 million to India’s COVID19 fight

US’ CDC commits USD 3.6 million to India’s COVID19 fight
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The US' Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has committed USD 3.6 million to assist India's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the aid will support prevention, preparedness and response activities.

The funds will also be used to support the development ofInfection Prevention and Control (IPC) centres of excellence that can improvethe ability of hospital networks to detect COVID-19 and strengthen local healthsystems through enhanced surveillance and monitoring systems, a US Embassystatement said.                 

"This initial tranche of funding will seek to furtherstrengthen and support the Indian government's efforts to increase laboratorycapacity for SARS-COV-2 testing, including molecular diagnostics andserology," the embassy said.

The CDC will work with local partners to assist in thedevelopment of a strong public health workforce to support India's capacity torespond not only to the COVID-19 pandemic but to future threats as well. 

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