According to a press release on June 13 from the US Embassy in Dushanbe, the US through USAID has given Tajikistan the assistance of US$14 mln to tackle COVID-19 since the pandemic began two years ago.

The latest $1.5 million will help Tajikistan’s Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population to coordinate COVID-19 vaccination promotion, readiness, delivery, and efficacy, and boost healthcare personnel’s abilities. “Get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family, friends, and coworkers.”

The more Tajiks who are vaccinated, the less probable the virus can travel to Tajikistan and evolve, causing another outbreak, said Peter Riley, USAID’s Tajikistan Mission Director.

This financing comes from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, a recovery package to help the U.S. recover from the pandemic’s health and economic implications. The COVID-19 assistance is being used in Tajikistan to strengthen the healthcare system, procure critical supplies for infection prevention and control, expand COVID-19 testing, protect health workers with safety equipment, boost oxygen supply, and better equip research facilities, enhance surveillance activities, and better clinical management, and combat misinformation.

These programs build on decades of lifesaving U.S. leadership in global health. USAID has saved millions of lives from Ebola, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, and now COVID-19.

Diseases don’t discriminate. The US will work with Tajikistan to terminate the COVID-19 pandemic, lessen its social and economic repercussions, and prepare for future breakouts.

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