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EU pumps $8.6M to help BVI and other CARPHA member countries fight COVID-19

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The British Virgin Islands and other member states of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is set to benefit from a combined US$8.6 million grant from the European Union (EU), which is geared towards combating COVID-19 in the region.

This is according to an April 16 media release from the EU, which said the grant will be implemented by CARPHA – the single regional public health agency for the Caribbean – and is expected to improve surveillance, detection, control and response measures to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The funds will be used to purchase COVID-19 test kits, masks and other personal protective equipment, testing reagents, and other materials required for testing,” the release stated.

It continued: “It will also increase the capacity of regional countries to carry out laboratory testing for COVID-19, support coronavirus quarantine and isolation procedures, as well as contact tracing.”

Funds to finance COVID-19 treatment and vaccines

The EU further said that the funds are geared towards financing COVID-19 treatments and vaccines when they become available.

To efficiently deal with the expected surge in demand for future testing, the EU said the funds will allow CARPHA to employ two additional laboratory technologists, and support the maintenance of new and existing laboratory equipment.

Funds to improve various policies

The grant will also increase the capacity of CARPHA and its member states in a number of other areas.

These include the improvement of public education and behaviour change programmes on communicable diseases, and strengthening CARPHA’s ability to better respond to public health emergencies throughout the region.

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  1. In addition says:

    Strong support systems need to be put in place that do not spread mouth diseases on anyone who may have experienced trauma, deep depression, etc. We have a way of labeling them crazy, etc. without understanding possible cause and effect. Good to hear because some honestly think that they were born holier than thou and look down on every one else. The dysfunctions are there.

  2. True 2 says:

    In dark nights of the soul not even family members you can rely on for support and advise.

  3. What for? says:

    Government said tests show no new cases. Leave the money and supplies for other islands unless….the truth isn’t being told.

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    • Hmm says:

      That’s the same thing I’m talking about health department going up on nearly 20,000,000$ right now what the heck going on with this $$$ for real
      Because for whatever the world is going through only the leaders are the one smiling hmmm

  4. Stop there says:

    They rather get loud mouth talk show hosts spread misinformation without even understanding the root causes of some of the dysfunctions. However, some never talk about there behavioral dysfunctions for taxpayers’ funds. Soo much behavioral changes are needed in the BVI from the top-down, churches included.

    • I’m with you there says:

      @stop there. There is one in particular who seems to have rarely any in-depth and substantive knowledge on any matter or profession, but as loud as a empty kerosene can.

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  5. When says:

    It is April 7 today. A typo maybe?

    This is according to an April 16 media release from the EU

  6. Big pep says:

    Did you said April 16?

  7. 8.6m says:

    But article doesn’t say how many islands/countries it will be spread amongst- how much will bvi receive?

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