UK pledges 200 million pounds

UK pledges 200 million pounds

Agency News

The United Kingdom announced a 200 million pound ($248.94 million) aid package to help the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other local charities.

The funding will help organisations in their efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus in vulnerable countries and, therefore, prevent a second wave of infections coming to the U.K.

UN agencies are set to receive £130 million; of that, the World Health Organization will receive £65 million as it coordinates international efforts to tackle the pandemic while the rest will be distributed among UNICEF, UNHCR, the World Food Programme and UN Population Fund. The Red Cross will receive another £50 million for its efforts in difficult to reach areas such as those suffering from armed conflicts while £20 million will go to international NGOs, including U.K. charities.