China pledges $2 billion to fight global pandemic

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China said it will contribute two billion dollars over the next two years for the global fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Chinese President, Xi Jinping yesterday announced.

The money is not only earmarked for health measures, but also for development aid for affected countries.

Xi said in a message to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) annual conference.

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Xi urged other countries to increase their funding to the WHO.

“The WHO should lead the global response,’’ he said about the UN agency that is facing a shortfall because the United States has suspended its financial contributions.

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