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U.S. Provides Additional $800,000 for COVID-19 Assistance in Malaysia

U.S. Embassy in Malaysia

U.S. Embassy in Malaysia -- This month, the United States announced an additional $800,000 in COVID-19 assistance for Malaysia. This assistance will support the Government of Malaysia’s efforts to vaccinate hard-to-reach and vulnerable communities. It will also support safe quarantine facilities for these communities, assisting in the protection of Malaysia from SARS-CoV-2 and helping to keep Malaysia’s economic recovery moving forward. The Malaysian Red Crescent will implement this assistance in Malaysia.

In a meeting with Her Highness Dato’ Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Almarhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Tunku Temenggong Kedah, National Chairperson of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, and Haji Hakim, Secretary General of the Malaysian Red Crescent, Ambassador McFeeters thanked them for the organization’s ongoing work to support Malaysia’s efforts against COVID-19. “Malaysia is doing a wonderful job at vaccinating its population, and this additional assistance will enhance efforts to assist vulnerable communities and help keep the whole country safe.”

“As we race to contain COVID-19 once and for all, these USAID funds are critical for our work to help us protect people from this disease, particularly those most vulnerable,” said Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Almarhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Tunku Temenggong Kedah. “We are striving to reach the last mile in our vaccinations in all corners of the country and we must remember that no one is safe until everyone is safe. COVID-19 is indifferent to one’s race, religion, ethnicity, or nationality. Thank you to Ambassador McFeeters and USAID for supporting Malaysian Red Crescent efforts.”

This additional assistance builds on more than $2 million in COVID-19 assistance from the United States to Malaysia since the pandemic first began. On July 5th, the United States donated 1 million Pfizer vaccines to Malaysia, and has also donated medical supplies, COVID-19 test kits, ambulances, and more. The U.S. business community in Malaysia, through MYAMCHAMCares, has also provided over RM7 million in donations to COVID-19 relief efforts since 2020.

These efforts build on decades of life-saving work and U.S. leadership in tackling global health crises. Over the past 60 years, U.S. assistance has saved millions of lives from diseases such as Ebola, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and now COVID-19. In Malaysia, USAID and the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAD) have funded critical research to help predict and prevent future pandemics for over a decade.

The United States is committed to partnering with Malaysia to end the COVID-19 pandemic, mitigate its devastating social and economic impacts, and build back a world that is even better prepared for future outbreaks.

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