U.N. appeals for triple coronavirus Relief $6.7 Billion
The United Nations on Thursday more than tripled its appeal to help vulnerable countries fight the spread and instability of the coronavirus epidemic, and asked for $6.7 billion to help 63 countries, particularly in Africa and Latin America.
The united nations have been in contact with the United States since the outbreak of the disease, and Un Aid Chief Mark Lucock warned that the virus is not expected to peak in the world’s poorest countries until some time in the next three to six months.
In the poorest countries, we can already see economies shrink as export earnings, remittances, and tourism disappear. Unless we take action now, we should be prepared for a significant increase in conflict, hunger, and poverty.”
The specter of multiple famine looms.
The new coronavirus, which causes respiratory disease COVID-19, has infected about 3.7 million people worldwide and has died more than 263,000 people, according to a Reuters count. The virus first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
Initially, the United Nations appealed for $2 billion for the Global Humanitarian Response Plan by the end of March. As of May 5, the untied organization said it had received about $923 million.
Last month, UN Secretary-General António Guterres raised concerns about inadequate support for poor countries, lamenting the lack of global powers and the divided international community in the fight against the coronavirus.
The 15-member UN Security Council has spent more than six weeks trying to negotiate a resolution that underscores the urgent need to strengthen cooperation among all countries in the fight against the Coronavirus and calls for a humanitarian truce in conflicts around the world.
Diplomats say negotiations are on hold over a confrontation between the United States and China over how to refer the resolution to the World Health Organization( WHO). Washington has criticized the IAEA’s handling of the epidemic and accused it of being “China-centered,” which it denies.
Amid council talks and growing tensions between the United States and China over the epidemic, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Kraft and Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Zhang Jun clashed on Twitter On Wednesday over the origins of the virus.
U.N. DOUBLES CALL FOR CORONAVIRUS TO $6.7 BILLION TO HELP POOR COUNTRIES
“#Covid19 kills thousands of people around the world, yet the Chinese Communist Party has not come clean about what it knows about this crisis that began to #Wuhan,” Kraft posted.
John replied: “All the facts are on the table. People are still dying in this country. Saving lives. Blaming China cannot overlook your own responsibilities.”