The United States of America has on Friday donated close to $100 million to China and other affected countries to fight the fast-spreading coronavirus.
According to the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in astatement, “This commitment — along with the hundreds of millions generously donated by the American private sector — demonstrates strong US leadership in response to the outbreak,”.
“We encourage the rest of the world to match our commitment. Working together, we can have a profound impact to contain this growing threat,” he said.
Pompeo, who has often criticized China on issues from human rights to its overseas infrastructure spending, stated that the United States would give the assistance either directly or through multilateral organizations.
He further said the spending would come out of undisclosedfunds that have already been allocated within the US government.
The aid donation is coming after Beijing criticized the US response to the health crisis, saying that Washington has been spreading “panic” by banning the entry of foreign nationals who travelled to China.
But President Donald Trump on Friday hailed China’s response as “very professional” after he spoke by telephone with his counterpart Xi Jinping.
Pompeo said that the United States has donated close to 17.8 tons of medical supplies to China including masks, gowns, gauze and respirators.