EU Allocates €1m to WHO’s COVID-19 Response in Syria

The EU said it has allocated an additional €1 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Syria to strengthen the COVID-19 response.

The humanitarian funding will primarily be used to increase testing capacity and scale up vaccination across Syria, the EU said in a statement on Tuesday.

Dr. Akjemal Magtymova, Head of Mission and WHO Representative appreciated EU’s continued support to respond to the prolonged fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Syria.

“We appreciate the EU’s latest contribution which will help operationalize vaccination teams to administer newly delivered vaccines and enhance COVID-19 testing capacity to contain emerging cases,” Magtymova added.

According to the EU’s statement, the Syria health workforce is working around the clock, and supplies and resources are depleting quickly to address the increased demands of the COVID-19 response.

The funds will enable WHO to cover part of the vaccination’s operational costs in the coming months, the statement added.

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