The European Union has provided an 8.6 million US dollars grant to the Caribbean Region to help in the fight against coronavirus.
The funds will go towards the purchase of testing reagents, personal protective equipment, masks, test kits and other materials. In addition, the money will be used in projects aimed at enhancing the capacity to conduct lab tests for coronavirus in Caribbean countries, including Guyana.
Furthermore, the EU funds will go towards epidemiology training, acquisition of vaccines and treatments (when they become available), building awareness of measures for prevention of communicable diseases and projects to strengthen surveillance at ports of entry in Caribbean countries.
The money will be administered to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) who will then have the responsibility of distributing the assistance across member states – of which Guyana, South America is one.